The Unbridled Tongue, It can cut like a Knife!

Commentary By:  Gordon King

We often hear about children who are bullied in school and also on the internet.  At times the victims of these attacks become deadly, when innocent children take their own lives.  Just how many of these people doing the bullying really know just what they are doing?  Do they really understand what it is that they are perpetrating?  Do they know the effects that it has on these victims?

Children are not the only victims of bullying, even adults are found being attacked by other adults.  Some of the perpetrators know exactly what they are doing, yet there are many more who do not.  Many believe that they are merely joking around, just having a good time.  They seem oblivious to the fact that they are internally wounding those at the other end of their jokes, and at other times they do it to boost their own ego.

Many times these attacks can be very subtle, yet many other times they are very blatant and in your face.

Many people are not even aware of what they are doing as they cause injury to the recipients of their bullying.  They don’t seem to see what they are doing nor do they see the harm that it is causing.

James 3:5-6

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.  See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

Satan is very cunning and clever, deceiving those who will be deceived, leading those who he can.  We all must be aware of who it is that is leading us, just who it is we are following!  Satan is the father of all lies, and we must remember that his is to steal, kill, and destroy!

Even as believers in Jesus Christ we can be fooled by Satan, we can be led to do and say things to other people that cause them to be harmed.  And while we may not see physical harm, at many times there are emotional wounds, wounds which cut deep into the soul.

We must be very careful not to harm others, especially other believers in Jesus Christ.  If and when we do then we are not only attacking the believer but Christ Himself!  Christ is in us and we are in Christ, we have been made one with Christ, we put down our own life and put on His as Christ lives both in us and through us!

We can bridle a horse and lead him around, we can tame a horse, but the tongue can be tamed by no man!

James 3:8

But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

We must control what comes out of our mouths, we are the ones who speak and who hold back from speaking, it is up to us alone.

James 3:9-10

With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

As children of God we are to love and bless, not to hate and curse!  The tongue is a mighty weapon, words can cut, they can damage, they can destroy!

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 12:18

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

A lying tongue, a false witness who speaks lies, these things the Lord hates, they are an abomination to Him!

Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:  17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

If we say that we are believers in Jesus Christ yet but do not bridle our tongue then we deceive ourselves.

James 1:26

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.

What we do and say in this life are seeds that we sow, they do and will affect us now and later.

1 Peter 3:10

“For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;”

We will be judged for our works and also for what we say.

Matthew 12:36-37

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Proverbs 19:5

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.”

What comes out of our mouth is what is in our heart, if our heart is good then we will speak good, if our heart is evil then we will speak evil.

Luke 6:45

“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.”

How do we speak?  Do we speak evil things to other people or do we speak good things to other people?  Do we produce good or do we produce evil?  It is what is in our heart that comes out of our mouth, and by their fruit you shall know them.

Matthew 7:16-20

You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

The world is full of sinners, and sinners do sinful things, this is their fruit.  However, believers in Jesus Christ do not live sinful life styles, or at least they shouldn’t if they are saved.  As believers we must be very careful of what comes out of our mouths, we must guard our hearts and speak from the abundance of the Holy Spirit within us.

Words can hurt, they can cut like a knife, and whether or not we think so, it is the recipient of our words that feel the pain.  Perhaps we think that we are being funny, but to the person at the other end of our words we may just be killing them, one cut at a time!

Build each other up, encourage one another, comfort one another with your words!  Be kind, be righteous, be holy, just as God is holy.

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!


2 thoughts on “The Unbridled Tongue, It can cut like a Knife!

  1. Thank you Gordon. These days I always ask God to set a guard over my mouth but sometimes just as I am going to say something I get a little jump a check in my heart and I know to stop, or change what I was about to say. I have had a lot of repenting to do over my lifetime for the things I have said as I have lived amongst unbelievers, sometimes in anger and other times in joking that was at another persons expense and sometimes in a judgemental way or even in a gossiping way. I think I would rather jump into Hell Fire than to have to relive and listen to everything I have ever said shouted from the rooftop in the Light of Holy God. I am so sorry for everything I have ever said that has not been said in love and I confess I have got it wrong so many times, I am so grateful for The Lords Grace and Mercy for I do have a contrite and repentant heart.

    God bless you

  2. Thanks for your comment Christine!

    I think that if we are all honest with ourselves then all of us would admit that we have done the same things sister. It’s so easy for us to just spew anything that comes out of our mouths, but it takes self-control not to. And even though we may not actually say what comes to mind, even if we think about it isn’t that just as bad as actually saying it or doing it? Jesus said that if we look at another person with lust then we have already committed adultery in our heart. Therefore, when we have any unclean or unpure thoughts we must push them away and repent!

    Matthew 5:27-28
    “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

    Thank God that He has mercy upon us, thank God that He forgives us for our sins, if not then we would all be in terrible trouble!

    I know that for myself I have also repented of sins over and over again, sometimes for the same sin! It grieves my heart to know that I am grieving the heart of God, yet I still sin. Like the apostle Paul said of himself in Romans 7, “Oh wretched man that I am”, at times I feel the same way about myself. But what keeps me going, what gives me hope, is that I know I am saved, I know that I am a work in progress, under construction, and that God is not yet finished with me.

    Unfortunately we are still subject to sin, we still live in bodies made of flesh and the flesh wants to sin while our spirit wants to obey God. Therefore we must enable the Holy Spirit to lead us, to guide us, and to control what we think and what we say. Amen.

    God bless sister! Maranatha!

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