Posts Tagged ‘Poison

16
May
17

Our Poisonous Tongues

We keep animals in our homes because they have been tamed and domesticated. James says that the tongue is far more dangerous. He writes:

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. – James 3:7-8 (NIV)

Your tongue has the ability to kill with poisonous words. Gossip. Rumors. Insults. Put-downs. Lies. How many wounds have our tongues inflicted? How have we crushed and killed the spirits of those around us by our words? Here’s the thing, your tongue is not the guilty party in all of this. It’s your heart. Jesus said that it is your heart that controls what your tongue says. A poisoned tongue comes from a poisoned heart. A transformed heart leads to a transformed tongue. The tongue can only speak what’s in your heart, so let God work on transforming your heart so that your words will give life and not take it.
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04
Sep
15

The Poisoned Tongue

James 3:7-8 (NIV)
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.
James makes quite the definitive statement in verse 8:

no human being can tame the tongue.​ – James 3:8 (NIV)

​Animals of every kind can be domesticated.  I once saw a video of a wiener dog kissing a lion, but we cannot tame our tongues.  James says that our tongues are full of poison.  He’s right, you know.  Our tongues are deadly and so hard to control.
  We cut people to the core with our tongues.  Sarcasm abounds.  Gossip and lies flow like water from our mouths.  Instead of encouraging others, we rip them to shreds with our words.  Instead of building others up, we tear them down just to make ourselves feel better about our own insecurities.  
How we need the Holy Spirit to help us control our tongues!  The poison of our words needs the antidote of God’s grace.  On our own, we are incapable of controlling our tongues.  Left up to our own devices, we’ll never be able to use our tongues for their intended purposes – to build others up and to worship God.  We need to be ever mindful of the powerful impact of our words.  Let us commit ourselves to ridding our tongues of their poisonous venom.



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