The little muscle

James 3:9,10 – “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers (sisters), this should not be.”

What is the most powerful muscle in your body? Some would say the heart. And physically speaking, that is probably true. However, that little muscle in your mouth has the power to render the greatest good and the greatest evil in the world. Just depends on who is in control of that thing.

It really is a small, seemingly insignificant thing, the tongue. We don’t usually think about it until we get a sore on it. Or someone sticks it out at us. But without the tongue, you would be unable to form words. Oh, you can sign your words, but someone has to be able to read those signs.

Our ability to speak is a powerful one. It can encourage our family and friends and it can destroy them. Think about it, through history that little tongue has done the bidding of its master, our brain, and spread the message of salvation throughout the world. It has also given the order to have people destroyed and lives ruined.

Last night at church, my pastor gave a really good description of James. He said that James was a practical book that impressed upon its readers to be genuine and do what you say. I guess that is why James is one of my favorite books in the Bible. I want to strive to be who I say I am. I want to be genuine.

This verse in James hits my heart especially. I have a hard time keeping that little muscle in my mouth under control. Usually by the time I figure out what is going on, my mouth has already spouted off. Not good. Blessings and curses should not be coming out of the same word hole!

So what to do. Sometimes life gets to going at 90 miles an hour and you find yourself in the middle of a conversation that you wish you had kept your mouth shut. What do you do? Well, my advice, just shut it. Choose to not get yourself in any deeper than you already are. Yes, people will look at you strange, but do you really need one more thing to explain at the judgement seat?

Also, allow Jesus the opportunity to show you humility and say you are sorry. Sometimes we hurt people’s feelings with our words. We need to correct those offenses as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be.

I just want to encourage you today, princess, to watch that little tongue of yours. It can get you in a heap of trouble if not guarded carefully. Let the Shepherd guard the door of you heart and mind. It swings open and closed so easily that you need Someone stronger than yourself to take charge.


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