Friday, July 01, 2011

Digging Deeper James 3:7-9 Points to Ponder

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

Points to Ponder:
Here are a few helpful strategies to make progress in the pursuit of a godly tongue.
1. Repent - begin with a heart confession of using your tongue for your own agenda rather than God's.
2. Pray - ask God for wisdom to discern when to speak and what to say. Sometimes we should keep our thoughts to ourselves.
3. Commit your mouth to God for His plan and His purposes. Ps. 141:3, "Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!"
4. Hit the pause button. It took time for me to learn that every last thing that popped into my head didn't need to come out my mouth. Sometimes after pausing and praying I realized it wasn't necessary for me to say. Think through what you want to say and why. Choose your words carefully.
5. The issues of the tongue are actually issues of the heart. "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." Luke 6:45 If you continue to really struggle with your tongue, ask God to reveal the issues of your heart that are being exposed by your mouth.


Diane Hunt is the Director of Addiction Recovery and Development at America's KESWICK. In addition to her Keswick responsibilities which keep her busy, she loves to read, write and teach, travel and laugh with her grandchildren. Diane has been married to her husband John over 26 years. She has 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 3 step-children, and 7 step-grandchildren.

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