Scripture for Today: James 3:7-8 “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”
When our cat, Tiger was young we were worried about him running away. We tried putting a leash on him so he could be with us while we worked in the garden. You can imagine how that worked out! He was more likely to hang himself on it than be safe in the yard. But I suppose like Pavlov’s dogs, any animal can be trained to some extent. There are some cases where cats will consent to the leash but not ours!
Today’s verse talks about the impossibility of taming the tongue. Unlike animals, there is no taming it. It is wild and unpredictable. It is full of evil and poison. The potential it has to destroy people is sobering. The fact that it is restless suggests to me that it is very often in motion, almost looking for trouble. What comes out of the mouth reveals what resides in the heart (Matt. 15:18). No man can tame the tongue because the root problem is a heart issue.
Too many times I have tried and failed to control my tongue. Too late I see the look of hurt and disappointment on another’s face. My regret does not call back those words. They hang in the air and echo in my memory. But there is hope with the Creator of that nasty tongue. God’s Spirit offers His control for the uncontrollable. He changes the root problem; my heart. And He gives me the the ability to check my tongue and control that outburst!
Lord, tame my tongue today!