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COLUMN: Controlling the tongue one of life’s biggest challenges

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By C.L. Glasscock

This morning, I was thinking about how hard it was for me to control my tongue. Here are some of the troubles I have: many times I get started talking and don’t know when to stop. Many times I blurt in when someone else is talking and many times I have said something that did not come out the way I meant it to be, but if I tried to correct it it only got worse. This is just a few ways that I have mentioned losing control of my tongue and I am sure there are many more. I hope everyone does not have the same trouble controlling their tongue.
James 3:1-10 says, “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths that they may obey us and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great and are driven of fierce winds yet are they turned about with a very small helm withersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasteth great things, behold, how great a matter a little fire kindlelth. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity, that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts and of birds and of serpents and of things in the sea is tamed and have been tamed by mankind. But the tongue can no man tame, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the father and therewith curse we men which are made after the similitude of God and of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”
As we look at what James wrote in the third chapter of James, we see man can control just about everything on Earth, no matter how big they are, but he cannot control his tongue.
As we look at Genesis 1:26, we see why man has control over the things God created.
Genesis 1:26 says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all of the Earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth.”
Now even though we can control big ships and big vicious animals and all the things that God gave man dominion over, why can we not control our tongues? If anyone can come up with an answer, please give me a call, 477-2923.