Control Your Tongue
“If we could control our tongues, we…could also control ourselves in every other way.” Jas 3:2 NLT
The saying goes, “We are like cats; we lick ourselves with our tongues!” When someone spreads gossip, mark that person carefully. Why? Because if they talk to you about somebody else, they’ll talk to somebody else about you. The Bible warns us about three things: (1) A hasty tongue. “Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Pr 29:20 NKJV). If you take time to get the facts, much of the time you’ll speak differently. Hannah prayed so passionately for a child that Eli the high priest thought she was drunk. When the disciples saw Jesus walking toward them on the Sea of Galilee, they thought He was a ghost. So think, or better yet, pray before you jump to conclusions. (2) A flattering tongue. “There is no faithfulness in their mouth…they flatter with their tongue” (Ps 5:9 NKJV). Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be genuine. When you flatter people, you manipulate them for your own ends. Don’t do that. Give it to them straight. If you love them, level with them. (3) A judgmental tongue. Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Mt 7:1-2 NKJV). If you live long enough, you’ll be guilty of many of the same things you’re so quick to condemn in others. The truth is, how you deal with other people determines how God deals with you.