The tongue is a small organ in the body; yet it has got awesome power.
It is amazing to note how people lift up their heads, put on a smile and have a spring in their walk when they hear honest, sincere and uplifting words of appreciation.
Let us therefore learn to appreciate people. We can do so by saying positive comments which encourage the individual. Make it specific so that the other person will know exactly what is on your mind.
Let us also remember that words carelessly spoken can tear apart the heart and mind of someone we love. Yes, words are loaded with potential to hurt. They have far more power than nuclear war heads.
Words spoken in anger have destroyed friendships and family relationships. Like someone thoughtlessly rubbing on dirt on a beautiful painting on canvas are some of the words we fling into the air.
In the light of this should we not put a gatekeeper at the door of our mouth to check, scan, and filter the words before they escape and drop as bombshells on people? Yes, the taming of the tongue can be the most rewarding exercise we can attempt to do in life.
Finally, let us admit that we all have failed in keeping our tongues under check. We regret some of the bad words and lies and curse words we have spoken– words that escaped from our mouths even without our noticing it.
Some of our words have spoiled relationships and created wounds deep even Time will find it difficult to heal.
The Bible says that “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is restless evil, full of deadly poision.”*
Therefore let us make an honest effort to tame the tongue. Let us try with God’s help to speak words of love and honest appreciation. In that way let us try to build people up rather than tear them down.
Remember, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Bible quotes: *James 3:7, 8; Proverbs 18:21 Bible NIV 1984.