“For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.” (James 3:2)
Three reasons why I must tame my tongue:
1. It will dictate where I go.
“When we put bits in the mouths of horses … we can turn the whole animal.” (James 3:3)
“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.” (James 3:4)
2. It can ruin what I have.
“Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue is also a fire ...” (James 3:5-6)
“... it sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:6b)
3. It showcases who I am.
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse men who’ve been made in God’s likeness. From the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” (James 3:9)
“Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” (James 3:10)