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Hold Your Tongue

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.  James 3: 6 NKJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.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.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.