“If any among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart- this man religion is vain.” – James 1:6
The Bible has alot to say about the tongue. Through the misuse of the tongue many calamities has befallen many people.
Many Israelites perished in the wilderness for misuse of tongue. Mirian became leprous for misusing her tongue against the man of God – Moses. Korah and company followed the line and perished. Michal was childless all her lifetime for misusing her tongue. An Amalekite met an untimely death by his tongue. Many others fell into many dangers for the misuse of their tongue.
Learning to bridle the tongue is a very important lesson a person can learn. We must notice that the unpardonable sin is committed with the tongue. (Matthew 12:31-37)
Truly death and life are in the power of the tongue, any if the tongue is left uncontrolled, unbridled, it works death more than life. We must learn to bridle the tongue.
1. The Bible calls the tongue a world of iniquity (James 3:6)
2. Taming the tongue is not easy for natural man (James 3:8)
3. Unbridled tongue makes our religion to be vain (James 1:26)
4. To keep unbridled tongue is to be exposed to dangers and even death Proverbs 18:21
5. Though the tongue cannot be tamed, it can be bridled.
6. True salvation can change the evil nature of the tongue (Proverbs 10:20, Matthew 12:33-36)
7. By sanctification the tongue can easily be bridled (Proverbs 15:4)
8. The spirit behind the tongue must be dealth with (Luke 9:54-55)
9. The fear of the Lord will keep a man from many dangers of the tongue (Psalms 34:11-14)
10. By prayers and divine grace we shall prevail (Psalms 19:14, Isaiah 50:4)
Reflect on This: “Set a watch, O Lord before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” (Psalms 141:3)