Following the Scripture passage, a small devotional and prayer log can be pondered, printed or journaled daily. My prayers are with you as we seek to grow in wisdom of God’s Word together today.
Taming the Tongue
1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Two Kinds of Wisdom
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heavenbut is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness
January 7, 2015 Daily Devotional
1. Read verse 2 again: We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what he or she says is perfect, able to keep his whole body in check.
It tells us that we ALL _______________________________________________________________.
If you can control your speech 100% of the time, scripture says that you are perfect and in perfect control of your body. Well, we all know that none of us is perfect- So we know that taming our tongue is a difficult thing!
2. Throughout the passage, our tongue is compared to a bit placed in a horse’s mouth, the small rudder of a ship, a small spark of fire, & a restless evil full of deadly poison. What do all of these object lessons tell us about the power of the tongue?
3. Although Scripture admits the difficulty of having control over your tongue and the words you say, this is not a free pass to justify your harsh, bitter, selfish, cutting speech. Verses 9 & 10 are clear about this point: With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Where/When is it hardest for you to control what you say or how you say something? Why?
4. If taming your tongue is harder than guiding a stubborn horse, steering a ship, or stopping a forest fire, exactly how can we be successful in the area of our words? We can Pray for Wisdom: vs. 17 says we can ask for a wisdom that is pure; peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. If what you are wanting to say does not fit under those categories, it is best to say nothing at all. What steps will you take to improve the words that come out of your mouth?
Application– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. How has God’s Word spoken to you today?
1. Pray that the wisdom from God’s Word will direct, correct, and instruct you today.