What Kind of Tongue Do You Have?
“Why brag about evil, you hero! God’s faithful love is constant. Like a sharpened razor, your tongue devises destruction, working treachery. You love evil instead of good, lying instead of speaking truthfully. Selah. You love any words that destroy, you treacherous tongue!” Psalm 52:1-4
If your tongue was to be likened to something in a metaphor, what would it be likened to? Would your tongue be likened to fresh, dripping honey—or the cold, razor blade of a sword? Would your lips be likened to an object of peace or devise of destruction?
Often times I speak first and consider later, “Was that truly helpful? Was that edifying?” Though consideration after the fact offers opportunity for repentance (which is important), we can never re-swallow our words. I am so quick to speak, only to later realize my words made a fool of me.
Do your words leave more wounds than healing? In your pride do you speak quickly without thinking—because, you know, how could my words ever be unhelpful? And even if they were—I am able to fix it.
Friend, let’s use our tongues with more precision and care. Let’s test our words and not take them lightly. Are your words true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellence, and praiseworthy? Do they build up or tear down? Do they honor or shame? Let us learn to speak words that bring glory to Christ, quenching the fiery flames on our tongues. As ones who have redeemed hearts and bear Christ’s righteousness, let our words reflect that.
Dear God, help me to control my tongue. At times, my tongue is a fire, devouring others and causing harm. Help me to speak as one who has believed and been changed by the gospel. Let my words be a reflection of your grace.
Do you struggle to tame your tongue? James 3 has a lot to say on the tongue; let’s spend some time meditating on the wisdom he offers.