“My ‘Quarter Pound’ Tongue”

Posted: May 8, 2021 in Uncategorized

How ironic. With it I can bless God and then turn around and curse men (James 3:9). And even though I’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, I could succumb to a temptation from the devil to lie, or to tell half truths with the intent to deceive, to gossip, to slander, to malign others, or use it for inappropriate language. I could even speak the truth to hurt someone rather than help and edify him/her. As a Christian, I should always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), at the right time, for the right reason (1 Corinthians 10:31).

From King Solomon. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). “Keep your heart [mind, will, and emotions] with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

What/How? The Apostle Paul admonished Timothy to – “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort [notice] with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NKJV).

Church? Do you attend a church where the Pastor tells people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear? Did you know that church leaders are judged by a stricter standard (James 3:1), and that faithful Pastors/Shepherds can earn the “Crown of Glory” (1 Peter 5:4, See 1 Corinthians 4:2)?

Reproof. God uses His Word to reprove us when necessary (2 Timothy 3:16,17). Why? The Apostle Peter lied when he denied his Lord (Matthew 26:75); Ananias and Sapphira lied about the money they gave (Acts 5:1-4). Some believers were using their tongues to bite and devour others (Galatians 5:15). Corrupt communication (Ephesians 4:27-29), gossiping, and tale bearing (1 Timothy 5:13) took place among the believers. It has been suggested that the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah may have had a problem with the use of his tongue (Isaiah 6:5-7). But an encounter with God changed that.

Untamable. Does the fact that the tongue is untamable excuse you and me and make us not liable for the words that come out of our mouths? No! Jesus said, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36 NKJV; See Hebrews 9:27).

Solution. What is the solution for this problem that plagues all of us to a lesser or greater degree? We, as Christians, must recognize that lying or using inappropriate speech are temptations that come from the devil or demons (Acts 5:1-4; Ephesians 4:27-29). When tempted to engage in these things, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), and be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). Then we must submit ourselves to God and rely on Him for divine strength to overcome these strong desires/lusts that come from the devil or demons (James 4:7). Then we must put on the whole armor of God and use the “belt of truth” and the “sword of the Spirit which is the word [individual utterances] of God” as counter measures and thoughts (Ephesians 6:14).

God’s Word. “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22). “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. [Please notice the following carefully.] And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Our relationship with God changed when we placed our faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Sin No More. Once a person has been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), he/she no longer needs to sin (act lawlessly) even though we will periodically (1 John 2:1, 2; 3:1-10). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness within the pages of His Word (2 Peter 1:3). But we must “Be diligent to present [ourselves] approved to God, [workers who don’t] need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Help. If you’re teachable and willing to change (if necessary), we’re here to assist you (2 Timothy 2:2). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com Please SHARE this with others if it has helped you.

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