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The tongue is hard to tame because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and unfortunately a lot of what is in our heart's are not in keeping with what we aught to be thinking about or striving for. The more we fill our minds with meditation on the revelation our God has given to us and strive to keep what He has revealed for us to do, our hearts will be filled with that which is good in His sight and our mouths will speak forth that which is righteous in His hearing!
Life and death are in the power of the tongue but a man who loves it will eat the fruit of his labor or control of it. Yes, it is laborious to tame the tongue. I thank God that I have been able to smile in the face of adversity with renters and neighbors alike. The Lord said that he is our defender. That he will deliver us from a lying tongue. That he is our ever ready help in time of trouble, of our good name and our character if we are innocent, of course. So in this life we have to be like a duck. The water rolls off a duck's back and we have to be the same way in some environments and situations and let insults or criticism just roll off our backs. I have even gone so far as to say, "Quack, quack" to people, who are trying to intimidate me. But my favorite thing to do is smile in the face of adversity. Once one of my new neighbors was making a mountain out of a mole hill and I stood there smiling about 12 inches from him. I said nothing, just smiled while he ranted and raved. Finally he asked me what I was smiling about and I said the joy of Jesus. Because many years ago I would have sucker punched him in the face and kicked him while he laid on the ground until my once violent temper abated. Speaking life into every situation concerning every thing and everybody is a goal to attain. My mom used to say, "If you can't say something nice, say nothing." I can see our savior enduring it all silently so he could purchase our peace. He knew that God was his defender and it was time for him to endure what he did not deserve. So when adversity comes either smile or quack quack right through it. But be prepared to laugh after you quack because I just got done quacking at myself and laughing afterward. Remember these proverbs and smile at adversity. It works. Laughter is a medicine to all the flesh. Proverbs 3:8 4:22 17:22
The reason taming the tongue is so hard is that it is like a fire in that it can "heat things up." See Psalm 39:1, 3. And the tongue is like a dangerous animal, Jesus' half brother, James, said. --James 3:7. Some animals are poisonous, and some tongues are too. 8. no man —literally, “no one of men”: neither can a man control his neighbor’s, nor even his own tongue. Hence the truth of Jam 3:2 appears. (James 3:2 is a verse I had memorized early in my Christian life). unruly evil —The Greek, implies that it is at once restless and incapable of restraint. Nay, though nature has hedged it in with a double barrier of the lips and teeth, it bursts from its barriers to assail and ruin men [Estius]. deadly —literally, “death-bearing.”
Because we are human. It reminds us that we have to totally depend on the Lord for our salvation. Jesus makes it very clear about calling someone a fool. He said we would be in danger of hell fire. Reading your Bible out loud everyday, allowing the Word of God to become a seed in your heart will change you. We have to grow out of things sometimes. The Holy Spirit will help and show you how to watch what you say.
As it is clearly stated, this is because we are human beings. We are guided by the senses, ego, selfish motives, desires, lust, greed, anger and jealousy. It is because people chase worldly things However, the spirit communicates with us. Sometimes the Spirit speaks through individual voices; some hear it as a heavenly voice, and some dismisses it as drunkenness. The lord forces Himself on no one. When we keep our minds focused in the lord, perfect knowledge, and we do righteous things, renouncing the fruit of selfish actions, our senses get subdued. Those who find it difficult to tame their tongue should leave their anger behind, accept the authority of the Lord and practice mediation on the Lord.
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