Mid-Week Manna: Tame Your Tongue

I think that one time or another we have all seen the disastrous effects at the result of saying something we truly did not mean to say.  The main culprit I believe is our inability to control our tongues.  The solution to this dilemma is found in the New Testament book of James. The apostle James wrote about how our tongue needs to be tamed.   He used several analogies consisting of: a horse and a ship to make his point.

When you put a bit in a horse’s mouth you are able to guide the horse to do what you want. Likewise, look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  (James 3) 

So also the tongue is a small part to our bodies. Yet the tongue is just like the bit and the rudder, when you learn to control it you can guide the whole body to lift someone up instead of tearing them down.   

This week seek to practice the art of thinking before you speak.   Say positive things to your spouse or loved one. After all isn’t the tongue just a muscle, capable of being controlled.         

In your service Chaplain Myers Command Chaplain NMCB 11.

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