Verse of the day
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
To be deceived by one’s self is one of the most dangerous things one can experience. One who is deceived by himself is oblivious to his mistakes and soon becomes ensnared by them. Such is the state of one who claims to be religious and yet lives with an unbridled tongue. He cheats himself and defiles his worship. You cannot bring life and death from the same source. We cannot keep cursing, complaining, cussing, telling lies from the same lips with which we praise.
Words are weapons used to either destroy or build. Only when our words are seasoned with grace can we produce sweet sounds which are effective weapons to heal, build, and bring hope. This is an avenue for offering a sacrifice with a sweet fragrance to God.
Though we may often be tempted or pressured to use our tongue in an unwholesome manner, we have been enabled to curb, hold in check, guard and guide our tongue.
A horse’s bridle does not strangle it but guides it in the desired direction. An unbridled horse, on the other hand, is wild, dangerous to itself and to its rider. No believer must have a wild tongue. The bridled tongue of the believer allows the Holy Spirit to employ such tongue in channeling the word in the believer’s heart as life to willing hearers.
How then do we cultivate a bridled tongue?
- Feast and meditate on the word of God. This will help to renew one’s mind and in turn keep in check the words from the mouth. The heart is the seat of the issues of life and the mouth produces only what abounds in the heart.
- Silence is important. Be slow to speak and quick to hear, Jesus being our example.
In the multitude of words, sin abounds greatly. Let us, therefore, endeavor to keep watch over what we speak for our liberty is subject to the Word of God. We have the life of Christ, let’s live it out.
References: Proverbs 4:23; Luke 6:45; John 7:53-8:11
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Father, help me to keep my mouth lips sealed when You require silence of me, help me discern what to speak at any given time. My mouth speaks grace always.
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