“But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.”https://ref.ly/Jas3.8;nasb95
While asking God what I should write about, I some how ended up in this verse, and thought about how I constantly deal with the restless evil and deadly poison of the tongue.
I work with people, lots of people, every day. I also have a lot of coworkers, and a pretty strong team. On the other hand, because I work with so many people and those people are in contact with tons of people, most of which are not nice, the temptation to use this deadly poison is two fold. My coworkers and I are often tempted to repay evil with evil, as people often slight us in the public square, they also tend to be mean and demanding. Not only are these examples of that deadly poison, but they are temptations to fight fire with fight and take an eye for an eye.
Another verse that I feel ties into this is, reckless words pierce like a sword, but the words of the wise bring healing (proverbs 12:18). When we use or have that deadly poison within the tongue used on us, it pierces like a sword, it hurts, and it slowly kills us. Luckily, the opposite is true, and the words of the wise bring healing, a very true remedy to the damage caused by the former.
Another famous verse dealing with this is, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,And those who love it will eat its fruit.”https://ref.ly/Pr18.21;nasb95
You may be wondering about the connection, but poison and death go hand in hand, and if you love it, that is, death brought on by the power of the tongue, than you will eat its fruit. I don’t know about that, but I don’t want to eat the fruit of death, life sounds better.
I say that to say this, the tongue is an evil thing set on fire by hell, (James 3:6), it hurts people, it cannot be controlled by men, and it bears the fruit of death. Not something that sounds very good. So if you’re struggling with using your words and tongue for evil, know that this is a given, and people Often times murder each other with their words, but if you feel stuck because of this, realize that life too is the power of the tongue, and that although man may not be able to do it, with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)
So if you feel like you’re using your tongue for evil and it’s controlling you rather than you controlling it, never fear because God is faithful to finish a good work in you that He started (Philippians 1:6), just repent and ask God to give you both self control over your tongue and over yourself, and be honest with yourself and others, and because of your honesty God will not only make you more humble, but He will start to change you until you become one of those wise men whose words bring healing.