Thought for the Day
THINK FIRST - THEN SPEAK
James 3:8 –10 (New American Standard Bible)
8But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
The tongue is the most powerful member of our body. It can build up or tear down. It can bless or curse. The tongue can speak truth and bring forth much good, or speak cunning deceit and bring extensive destruction to bear. It can praise and glorify God or it can deny his very existence. Our scripture for today states: “It is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. Of course this is speaking of those who do not choose to live a godly life and discipline their speech.
Control your tongue! What trouble we get into because we speak before we think. A word once spoken can never be recalled. It flies through the air with thundering impact upon those who hear it. Others often receive it only to repeat and send it forth to do multiple damage. Since the tongue is the expression of the heart, it will automatically express what is in the heart. (Matthew 12:34) The heart must be changed before the tongue can be controlled.
Think first! A pure heart is the secret to right speech. A good heart produces good conversation and communication. An evil heart produces evil, unkind and deceitful expression. (Luke 6:45) The Kingdom people have been changed. Our heart has been changed. The righteousness of Jesus Christ has been imparted to us. We have been redeemed. Though we still live in a very carnal body of flesh, our spirit has been made whole. We can choose and control what we think, do or speak. Let us make the choice to walk in godly righteousness and control our thought and speech.
Speak wisely! Our acceptance of Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb of God brings new life and a new heart (spirit) into us. We are a new creation in Christ Jesus. We have a renewed mind. Our motives and actions are pure. Old things are passed away. They are replaced with new things that are from God. (1 Corinthians 5:17-19) It is easy to have wholesome and productive speech when our heart is in sweet communion with the Spirit of God. All of the attributes and characteristics of God will be expressed as we abide in him. He that is within us is greater than he that is outside. Let us choose to speak good and not evil as we strive to control a member of our body that wants to run wild; our tongue. The Redeemed of Israel do have a choice.
Glorify God! We must let the spirit of Jesus give control and direction to all we speak. Right expression of the mouth reveals a right relationship within Him. Let us praise God for new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I wish to be so filled with your presence that I can always speak good and not evil. I want my tongue to always be under control. I wish to praise you and encourage others by always speaking good and wholesome things. Forgive me for misusing my tongue. Forgive me for hurting others. Draw me closer to you by you Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.