Blog Brief: On Taming the Tongue

Quick and easy access to social media like blogs, twitter, Facebook et al. make it easy for Christians to pop-off with the fingers at a moments notice. Sometimes we may not even think about the repercussions of our words. I know because I’ve done it.

After we catch ourselves we think we’ve got to be more careful with our words. We try harder.

Yet, Scripture, in James 3:7-8 states, “For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (ESV).

Remember, James was writing to Christians. God says we really can’t tame our tongues so trying harder doesn’t really cut it. I’m equating typed sinful words with those that are spoken since unholiness comes from the heart as Jesus tells us in Matthew 15:18-19. Social media is not the problem, but another outlet for sin. We were offending each other with our spoken words long before social media existed. And we still do.

Ironically, we never quite feel the weight of the sins of gossip, slander, lying, accusations, or cursing until we are on the receiving end.

Christians know the way to tame the tongue is to save the soul. God tames the tongue through the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit in the believers life.

But I want to leave you with questions for reflection. If you think you have done well with your words and you judge yourself by the improved public display of words, whether on social media or among other Christians, I ask the following questions.

On any given Sunday morning, that special day you’ve set aside to worship God, how many of you had an argument on the way to church? How about before you ever left your home?

For what it’s worth…


tagged as in Christianity,Church Issues,Gospel,morality

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1 jeff March 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

as a pastor and blogger and guy who likes to write, the verse that is most condemning in James 3 is the first verse–not many of you should be teachers. Our lack of ability to tame the tongue should perhaps disqualify many from even trying to teach God’s Word when out of our same mouth comes much stupid. A sobering chapter and a sobering book.

2 Mark March 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Jeff, I agree. In my lesson I began with that, but focused on the larger issue of the tongue that concerns all Christians since most in the room were not teachers. Thanks for the comment.


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