She was often referred to as the dragon lady.
Most people feared her. No one dared to cross her. Her tongue was full of fire. Whenever the dragon lady spoke, you could almost feel the flames. The angrier she became, the more intense the heat. Everyone learned to steer clear.
James describes the tongue as “a world of iniquity that can defile the entire body.” The Passion translation calls it “a hellish flame” and “the most dangerous part of our human body.” In other words, small but deadly. James goes on to say, “But the tongue is not able to be tamed. It’s a fickle, unrestrained evil that spews out words full of toxic poison! We use our tongue to praise God our Father and then turn around and curse a person who was made in his very image! Out of the same mouth we pour out words of praise one minute and curses the next. My brothers and sister, this should never be! (vs 8-9 TPT).
My grandparents used to say, “hold your tongue.” They believed in the adage, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It’s a thought-full, purpose-full, self-control issue. But we all know self-control does not come easily. It requires help from above. And God promises His help whenever we call on Him.
Here’s another time-tested adage: Today, let your words be sweet, for tomorrow you may have to eat them.
Let’s not ever be like the fire-breathing dragon lady. Instead, let’s pray, Holy Spirit, take control of my tongue. Guard my mind, my heart, and especially my words. Use my tongue to bring hope, encouragement, and peace to every situation.
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