Are most people truth-tellers? Can what they say be taken at face value? Or are they like the ancient Cretans, whose reputation was that they were “always liars”? (Titus 1:12).
Lies, of course, are communicated by the tongue. That small part of the human body can make a powerful impact. It can ruin a reputation. It can destroy a friendship. It can cause lasting heartache.
On the other hand, the tongue can give comfort in time of bereavement. It can shine the light of saving truth into the mind of someone in spiritual darkness. It can praise and glorify God.
We shouldn’t be surprised, then, that Scripture repeatedly urges us to exercise great wisdom and care in how we use this small part of the body. Proverbs 18:21 is not exaggerating when it warns us that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” David was not indulging in pointless poetry when he denounced “men … whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword” (Psalm 57:4). And the apostle James said that the tongue can be as destructive as a fire (James 3:1-12).
By the Holy Spirit’s power, may we use our tongue to bless our hearers, build up one another, and glorify our Creator in prayer and praise. – Vernon Grounds
Lord, set a watch upon my lips,
My tongue control today;
Help me evaluate each thought
And guard each word I say. – Hess
The tongue is a small organ that creates either discord or harmony.
- June 26, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread