It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. – James 3:8
A tongue that cannot be contained is one of the deadliest weapons on this planet. James 3:6 says: ‘The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.’
An uncontrolled and indifferent tongue will completely degrade the spiritual life of a Christian. A loose tongue makes our spiritual life worthless! James 1:26 says: ‘Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.’
James refers to people in the church here. They look gentle and kind, but their tongue is like a sharpened razor at work, at home, with friends and in church. They complain, gossip, lie and curse.
There are Christians who have poison bags like a snake. There will come a day when we will be held accountable for what we have said. Jesus says in Matthew 12:36: ‘But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.’
Each word will be accounted for on the day of judgment. When we make a mistake, we should not only confess our sins but also completely remove the poison bag and its roots from our life. Our tongue must be controlled. How can we do this? Jesus said: ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26).
You cannot control your tongue just as a wild horse cannot tame itself. That is done by a horse-tamer. Our tamer is the Holy Spirit. He is very experienced and only He is able to control our tongue.