Sun, 13 October 2019
“Stick out your tongue.”
That’s the typical instruction you get when you go for a doctor’s visit, right? Have you ever wondered why? It’s because your tongue tells a lot about you. From anemia, to autoimmune diseases, to allergies, to vitamin deficiencies, to hygiene, to hydration, the tongue can be a good indicator of your physical health.
Did you know that your tongue can also be a good indicator of your spiritual health? The words that we say (or fail to say) are a telltale sign of the condition of our hearts. Jesus knew this full well. Listen to what he said in Luke 6:45, especially the final phrase, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Our tongue is a window through which we can see the health of our heart.
This coming Sunday morning we’ll allow the Great Physician to take a good, long, hard look at our tongues—at the words we speak and the heart that prompts them. We’ll be in James 3:1-12 for a message entitled, “Tame the Tongue.” Be sure to join us!
James: Practical Spirituality
“Tame the Tongue!”
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! (3:5)
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God (3:9).
But no human being can tame the tongue (3:8a).