19 July 2009


We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way. (James 3:2 NLT)

One of the fruits of the Spirit Paul listed in Galatians 5:22 is “self-control.” James says if we can control what we say – control our tongue when we are angry, busy, pressured, tired, distracted, when we wish people would just give us a break – if we can control our tongues, we have the self-control (actually Spirit-control) to control ourselves in every other way.

I’m more likely to say something that hurts another person than to hit someone. I’m more likely to tell a lie than to cheat. I’m more likely to promise something I can’t deliver than to steal.

Jesus said, “Bless and curse not.” Paul writes, “Don’t use foul and abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” James continues in this chapter, “Blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”

If I want to be Spirit-controlled, then the best place to start is to bring my tongue – my talk – under the control of the Holy Spirit.

I resolve that today I will speak blessing to others. I will curb my tongue when I am tempted to speak critically or sarcastically to or about someone. That’s my resolve.


Father, I purpose to bring my tongue – the words I speak – under the control of your Holy Spirit who lives in me. I need your help because words just seem to come out so quickly. Make me a truly wise person whose words always bless and never curse, always help and never hurt. Amen.

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