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The Taming of the Tongue!?

All of  Paul’s epistles were written to churches in the form of theological letters.  Many of the new churches strayed from the “pure teachings of the true Gospel” for whatever reason.  An example is the church at Corinth.  Paul received a letter from the leaders of that church because some members were erring from the ways of righteousness!  Arguing over how to practice the Lord’s Supper, suing one another and even sexual/carnal problems.

James writings are for the practical purposes of everyday living.  Most Bible scholars believe this James is the brother of Jesus.  The main emphasis of his writing is to point out that saving faith needs to result in changed behavior!

Taming the Tongue!?  James 3 (ESV)

1) Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

2) For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

3) If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.

4) Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

5)  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

6)  And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

7) For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,

8) but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9) With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

10) From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,these things ought not to be so.

11) Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?

12) Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

WOW!!!  Those are some harsh words!  So what or how can we tame the tongue?  It’s full of poison and is a restless evil!  Simply James says ” but NO human being can tame his tongue…”  But wait, the rest of the chapter gives us the hope we need and how we are to know what to speak, where to speak, when to speak and how!  We are to seek wisdom from above!!

13)  Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

14) But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

15 ) This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

16) For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

You want to know how to tame that tongue??  Here’s your answer

17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 

18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Getting rid of the sour, proud, hurtful, ungodly and vile words spoken from our mouths is to fill our hearts with God’s Wisdom.  Where do we get that from?  The Holy Word~~quiet alone time with Him in prayer~~fellowship with other believers who love of our Lord Jesus as much as we do~~and

Asking the Lord, for it His will!


Psalm 51:6 “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.”
Psalm 111: 10 ” The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”
Proverbs 2: 6 ” For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; “
Proverbs 15:33 ” The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor “
Proverbs 18:4 ” The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. “


There is joy, hope and peace in knowing the Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Everyday is a new day to share the the glorious Gospel message of grace and forgiveness; the blessings of hope; the Father God's eternal promises; and the importance of living daily in the will of God according to the Scriptures, especially now with the world in chaos and uncertainty. My life before I repented of all my sin, was washed clean by the blood of the Lamb of God-- Jesus Christ and was born again; was one of utter selfishness in every aspects of my life. I lived for ME and only me! Now I live for my Lord and soon coming King, rejoicing daily. I earnestly desire to share the message of the Gospel, encourage sisters/brothers in Christ by fervent prayer and studying the Holy Scriptures more each day. Maranatha Read more on my "About Me" page at my site.

4 thoughts on “The Taming of the Tongue!?

  1. I think again of the old saying which appeared with the first office computers:
    “Garbage in = Garbage out”
    It was no use to blame the computer for the results it produced, for it could only produce what was fed into it.

    Jesus said the same thing: Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” Matthew 12:34

    When our heart – our real being – is filled with the thinmgs of the Lord, that is what we will speak.

    Great reminder to fill our lives with what really counts.


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