Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
— James 1:26
A farmer went each week to the Farmers’ Market to sell cottage cheese and apple butter he made on his farm. He carried them on the two-mile journey to the market in two large tubs, from which he ladled the cottage cheese or apple butter into smaller containers the customers brought.
One day, the farmer got to market and discovered he’d forgotten one ladle. He couldn’t go back home to get the other one, so he had no choice but to use the one he had for both products. It wasn’t long before he couldn’t tell which was which.
Much like that farmer, many people want to use their tongue to tell others about Christ, while at the same time dishonoring God with their lips. Whether they gossip, slander, or speak with altogether unwholesome talk, these people eventually become bewildered as to what really is in their hearts.
If you want to live a life that honors God, watch your tongue. Be careful how you speak to and about other people, not just in church, but in every setting. The tongue is a powerful tool, so make sure you use it to bring glory to God and honor others at all times!
Ask God to help you manage your tongue well and use it for His glory.
Questions for Thought
How has your tongue gotten you in trouble in the past? What were the results?
What are some areas in your life today where you need improvement in how you speak to and about others?