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The Powerful Tongue Steers Everything
Bible Passage James 3:3-5
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book James.

The Powerful Tongue Steers Everything

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached April 29, 2022

3 Now if we put bits into horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we can guide their whole bodies as well.

4 And look at ships! They are so big that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the helmsman directs.

5 In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it can boast of great achievements. A huge forest can be set on fire by a little flame.

There are three pictures to show the power of the tongue. First, there is the horse in verse 3. Then there is the ship in verse 4. Later, in verses 5 and 6, there is fire. These all teach us that there is great danger in the wrong use of words.

A person who can control his tongue can control the whole self. Just as the bit controls the horse and the rudder controls the ship, so the tongue controls the person.

Small as it is, the tongue can do great damage when uncontrolled, just as a tiny flame in dry grass can burn down a whole forest.

If someone could have control over all that he or she says that one would be a perfect person. The tongue is the hardest of all the parts of the body to control. It is out of the heart (which includes the mind) that the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). It is from inside of us that bad actions and evil words come.

If a person could control the tongue, it would follow that he or she has power over the whole of his or her life. That one would be a perfect person. Apart from the Lord Jesus, there never has been a person like that.

Silence is golden, they say. Though no one should be silent forever, we must sieve what to say and how to say it. It should be better to remain silent and that ends it.

🔷 Do not speak when you are angry. You may make unguided statements

🔷 Your words must build and promote peace, instead of causing unnecessary mayhem

💥 Ask God to forgive any unsavory comments made
💥Pray that your tongue will speak only the will of God

All that you say must be the truth. But each person must also be careful about what to say when to say it and whom to say it. Our words must be seasoned and guided to avoid vituperation or the use of abusive language.

In series Bright Morning Reflections