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FROM THE WORD: Wicked tongue

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By C.L. Glasscock

James 3:3-10 — 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, whithersoever the governor listeth.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, 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 hath been tamed of 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. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

As I read this, I thought how many times in my lifetime I had said things I wish I could take back. I am sure it would be a staggering amount.

A lot of the time we build a mountain out of a mole hill and really get on someone we really love. In olden times, people called the act of losing one’s temper “flying off the handle.”

James said that the tongue can defile the whole body and that it “setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”

I guess he is saying we could come near taming a mountain lion than we could our tongue.

Usually when two lovers have a fight, a week later they can not remember what the fight was all about. I remember one time that a great buddy of mine and his wife separated. He was really hurt and told me that they would never get back together because too much has been said.

I saw him years later with his wife. Isn’t it wonderful we have forgiveness in our heart. The reason is that Jesus Christ is so forgiving.