2 Ways to Control Your Tongue
The Epistle of James is one of the most practical and helpful sections of the Bible. James deals with all kinds of issues, including how we use our words. James reminds us that one way our faith is tested is through our word choice and tone of voice. He acknowledges that when it comes to controlling our tongue, we all stumble sometimes. But James also reminds us that we should work hard to keep a tight rein on our tongue. Listen to the May 13 sermon, The Tongue Test.
Here are 2 helpful ways to control our tongue:
- Regularly examine our heart. Jesus reminds us that our words are simply a reflection of what is going on in our heart: our attitudes, desires, and values (Luke 6:45). We often wish we could better control our mouth, but maybe the place to start is with the heart. When our heart is right with God and others, when our attitude is one of kindness and care, when our desire is to be an instrument of love, then our words will naturally follow.
- Intentionally thank, compliment and encourage other people. To be very intentional about blessing people with our words, not in a fake or phony way, but to be sincere in using words to build up other people and express gratitude to and for others. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” A good question to ask is this: am I using my words to bring life or death to the people around me? Let us be known as a people who speak life, blessing, encouragement and gratitude into our lives, our relationships, and our circumstances. It’s one of the best ways to practice “mouth management.
Pastor Mark Miller