Nov. 1, 2016

Say What??? - Conclusion

These are the truths discussed so far in this series:

Truth 1. Wisdom knows the God-inspired power and purpose of words.

Truth 2. Understanding realizes the blessings and cursings that may result from operating within or without that wisdom.

Truth 3 will be the topic for this entry.

Truth 3. Discipline is a permanent harness required to instruct the human tongue.

A passage in the book of James, chapter 3 describes the unruly and destructive nature of an unrestricted tongue. The following passage begins with the latter part of verse 5.

See [by comparison] how great a forest is set on fire by a small spark! And the tongue is [in a sense] a fire, the very world of injustice and unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our members as that which contaminates the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life [the cycle of man’s existence], and is itself set on fire by [b]hell (Gehenna). For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and sea creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the human tongue; it is a restless evil [undisciplined, unstable], full of deadly poison. AMP

James paints a graphic illustration of the terror that can be caused by this very small member of the body. James calls the tongue a "restless evil".

He says the unrestrained tongue is restless. It is not content to be still and silent. It wants to flip flop around unhindered spewing and spouting whatever garbage it pleases.

Successfully managing the tongue requires discipline and maturity in the Holy Ghost. Those who are saved by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) have a renewed mind but an unregenerated tongue. The spirit of a person may be saved but the tongue of an earthly human being never gets saved. If the harness of the Holy Spirit isn't present and submitted to, that beast of a tongue will quickly demonstrate its untamed nature.

The reality of a loose tongue is frequently demonstrated among young children and also the elderly. Those of us in the "between" age group (older than a very young child but not yet in our golden years) are often shocked by what comes out of the mouths of kids and seniors.

Very young children sometines haven't learned what is appropriate conversation. They will often blurt out something for the whole world to hear that has their parents totally embarassed and trying to explain or apologize for the little one's comment. As we age, we learn (hopefully!) what is acceptable public conversation. But it seems that somewhere in the senior years the filter goes missing or at least doesn't always function as it should. At the most inopportune times Gramps or Grandma may ask a question at the dinner table that has their grown children sputtering and choking as they try to digest what was just said.

So we see that without the discipline of the Holy Spirit the tongue is an uncaged animal. Left unchecked, it will yield to its wild instincts. Chronological aging doesn't tame it. Church attendance doesn't tame it. Intelligence doesn't tame it. Charm school doesn't tame it. Wishing and hoping that it will behave doesn't tame it. Only by consistently practicing submission to the Spirit of God will the tongue be a deliberate blesser of God and mankind.

James 3

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. 10 Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts].

In order to please the Father, we need to say what He says. In order to know what He says we need to read and study His Word. It is to our supreme advantage to spend time with Him in prayer and meditation so we will speak well of Him and of His creations.

Be at peace among yourselves. Amen.