Taming The Tongue: Its Power to Delight

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As we have already learned from James, the tongue can direct and destroy.  Today we will be reminded that the tongue has the power to delight as well. 

III.  The Power to Delight    v9-12

James writes in James 3:9-12, “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.”   The tongue has the power to do wonderful things.  It can bless God.  It can, like a fountain bring forth sweet words.  Proverbs 10:11 says, “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life…”  Again in Psalm 35:28 we hear the Psalmist say, “And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.”  The tongue can be a delight!

If our tongue is to be a delight, it must be carefully guarded.  On one occasion it can bless God, and on another it can curse men made in his image if it is not guarded.  On one occasion it can bring forth pure water, and on the next bitter if it is not guarded.  On one occasion it can bring forth proper fruit, and on another improper if it is     not guarded. There should be no place in a Christian’s life for a forked tongue,   so guard it!

I heard a story about a woman who was known as the local church gossip.  She was convicted one Sunday about her gossiping and slandering and went forward at church to confess her sin. The pastor asks her after he heard her desire, “What do you plan to do?”  She replies, I want to lay my tongue on the altar.  Without thinking, the pastor quickly replied, “There is not an altar big enough!”  Well….there is an altar that is sufficient for us to lay our tongues on, and it is the altar of the cross of Jesus Christ.  We can crucify our tongues with the rest of us in Christ on that cross, and we need to do so!  

What kind of a tongue do you have today?  Is it one that directs towards God or away from Him?  Is it a tongue that destroys or one that delights?  Don’t underestimate the power your mouth can play in seeing or stopping a move of God.  And don’t miss the fact that what comes out of the fountain of your mouth is revealing it’s true source, and that source is revealing who you really belong to.  Who do you belong to?

 

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