We often worry about the big things in our lives, fixating on obstacles we think we can’t overcome or monumental problems that just never seem to be resolved. However, it is often not the larger things that end up wreaking the most destruction in our lives. Small matters left untended can yield disastrous consequences.
The Bible tells us that the tongue is but a small part of the whole body, yet it has the potential to cause great harm. Often the direction of a person’s life is completely changed simply by careless things he or she has said.
In James 3:3-5, we read:
“Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”
The tongue is an instrument with tremendous power, and every day, we have the choice to use it for evil or for good. The truth is the tongue can work in subtleties that are equally as harmful as outright lies. Over time, we can become masters at nuances in language, using our tongues to lead others towards wrong thinking through insinuation or even engaging in the spread of gossip. Though many are quick to dismiss gossip is an inconsequential sin, it is extremely harmful for both the repeater and the one whose reputation is being soiled, often unfairly.
In Psalm 34:12-15, the psalmist encourages us with these words:
“What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”
The key to a happy life is held in these verses. For those who wish for a life of contentment and joy, the answer is quite simple: master control of the tongue. Note that the Bible gives a very direct formula for the achievement of a life that is defined by God as good. We are to avoid speaking words that are evil and actively pursue things that bring peace.
Proverbs 12:18 tells us that:
“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”
Our words have the potential to pierce the hearts of others. Instead of using our words to wound, we need to focus on utilizing them to heal and provide help. Gossip tears people down; words of love and kindness build them up.
Are you struggling with controlling your tongue? Contact Anchor of Hope Ministry now at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about how God can empower you to use your words for good and not evil. We look forward to serving you.