Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Riddle

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.  James 3:6


Got a riddle for you:  What is the one muscle we exercise the most that needs it the least?  Give up?  The tongue (the verse kinda gave it away).  Why is it we seem to think one of the smallest muscles in our body needs so much exercise?  We flap it all day long. 

Most times, we need to use this little organ, but then sometimes...oh my.  It'll get us in trouble in a minute.  I know this well.  You could count on me to tell everything I knew and some things I didn't.  This grew into little white lies as an adult.  No biggies, just little ones that no one knew but me and Him.  What about gossip?  Oh girl, I work in an office full of women.  I try to stay out of the talk, but sometimes you really just can't help it and that muscle just takes off for a little bit of an extra workout.

James wasn't kidding when he said the tongue can corrupt the whole body.  It not only can corrupt you, but your relationships and your witness to others.  Guard your tongue people.  This is one of the hardest things I think we'll ever do  as a Christian.  Sometimes, I wish I had a delete or mute button, but God didn't bless us with one of those.  So, we have to commit to taming this wild thing.  I want a lazy tongue, how about you?

8 comments:

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Yes, the tongue - how it gets me into trouble...Well, we just have to keep trying and trusting God for wisdom. Funny thing is though, when we do get it right it feels so good! You'd think I'd learn
Great post
God bless
Tracy

Lisa said...

Oh, I would like a delete or mute button too. I'm sure my husband would appreciate it as well. ;) I like what you said that God didn't give us a delete button, so we have to "commit" to taming this wild thing. It is a commitment, isn't it? I don't want a lazy tongue either. Great post, Allison!

Jenifer said...

Great post!! I want to commit to taming my tongue!

Kelli said...

That picture is funny!:) You are so right! Our tongue can be an instrument of good or evil. We must deny ourselves the desire to gossip!

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

A loose tongue is certainly one of the more difficult things to curb, but also one of the more important ones. I do like the idea of a delete button though... :-)

Great post Allison!

Have a Blessed Day!

Eileen said...

Oh boy, I started working in an office full of women a couple years ago and it was a shock! Would pray all the way to work that the Lord would guard my tongue.

Debbie Dillon said...

You said a mouth full with this one!(LOL). I'm by myself in my church office, except for the pastor, and he's out most of the time. I've been in working environments full of women, and you're right - the little stuff can turn into big stuff and pretty soon, you've got a wildfire on your hands. Great post! God Bless :)

Ken said...

So very true, what damage we can cause with our tongue. Thank you for sharing
Ken