Tuesday, July 7th
People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:7-8
The problem of the tongue is universal. Notice the words from the James passage above, "no one can tame the tongue." We need to let it sink in, "no one can." The tongue reveals so readily and so thoroughly how unable we are to live the right way. Living fully for God is all about living the right way. "No one can" control their tongue and "no one can" live fully for God apart from Divine intervention. Living fully for God always begins with humility. We need a "humility" that is so deep and so full that once and for all we become absolutely convinced that we have no personal ability to live fully for God and that we abandon anything and everything in the way of personal reliance and self effort. Then and only then will we be able to have a "faith" that is deep and full enough for going forward in complete surrender and reliance on Christ for bringing about our actually living fully for God.
"Humility" is the key to living fully for God and it is the key for controlling the tongue because it unlocks the door to true ongoing "faith" in Christ. You came to Christ for salvation. You were forgiven and cleansed. You were given eternal life. You have the opportunity to begin again. You have the opportunity to live fully for God. Again, "humility" will make all the difference in whether or not you live fully for God, and again, it will make all the difference in taming the tongue.
Lord, there is no doubt that at times the dilemma of my tongue and the trouble that comes from it, make me feel helpless. But, Lord, I confess that I so easily swing back into personal reliance and self effort. I am before you, Lord, asking that you bring to me now such a sense of your presence and power that true "humility" fills my heart and life completely. And now, Lord, I rest in your love and grace and anticipate with excitement my going forward with you in a walk of faith. I confess that "you alone can" tame my tongue and bring about my living fully for you. Amen!
Posted on Tue, July 7, 2015
by Alan Porter