The Wisdom of Proverbs warns us that “When words are many, sin is not absent but he who holds his tongue is wise.”
Ecclesiastes 10:14 echoes, “The fool multiplies words.”
Nuff said . . .
Incidentally, if you input “taming and wild” together into an internet search engine, you get some pretty weird stuff — my favorite — “Taming wild cats with Tibetan Buddhist Chants.” I know you are going to want to check out that site. . . These wild cats must have a sensitive, spiritual side!
If you need to go about taming something, you must begin with the working assumption that it was “born to be wild.” Controlling the tongue is, according to scripture, the most difficult thing for any of us to do. And Christians are certainly no exception.
Pay attention to what you are saying and you will have a window to your heart condition. Your tongue (and how it’s used) reveals what is in your heart. Jesus said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34 NIV)
And remember, once spoken, your words are out of your control forever . . .and they never die. Scientists say that the sound waves set in motion by every voice go on an endless journey through space. If we had sufficiently sophisticated instruments that had the power to capture those waves, we could recreate every word ever spoken. What an awesome and yet terrifying thought.
God has that capability! He misses nothing! From the moment we begin to talk until the moment we uter our last audible breath, every single utterance is recorded as only our powerful God is capable of doing. One day, in the presence of our Savior, we may hear our own words utter convicting testimony about God Himself.
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words though shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12, v36-37)
“A word is dead when it is said some say. I say it just begins to live that day.” — Emily Dickenson
Well said! The tongue is a big mouthful to swallow, but better it than my foot! At least my tongue BELONGS in my mouth!
Lord, please help the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Walking in His Wisdom Today,