Read the scripture below to understand how James presents the power of the tongue. At times we take for granted what we say but I want you to take the time and exam what you say on a daily basis in order to impact others as well yourself.
James 3:2-10 New International Version (NIV)
2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 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.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
Though this video might seem childish it brings home a strong point about controlling the tongue… Check it out!
The Dog vs. The Eagle
- The Dog Level:
- Dogs tend to chase their tales, moving in a circular motion.
- Sniff after their own crap or another dogs crap.
- Dig holes
- Don’t allow your speech or conversation to move in circles. For example if you were to talk to the same people, do you bring up the same problems, struggles and issues? If that is the case you would have a dog mentality and people will get tired quickly.
- Listen for positive things that can build you up and not for dirt (small phrases you can use against others.
- Don’t go deeper than what is really there.
- Take people at their word but read their body language.
2. The Eagle Level
- Eagles are terrestrial predators and rarely are found near water and generally don’t feed on fish.
- Eagles stomaches are quite small, about the size of a walnut.
- They can eat 1/3 of their body weight.
- Eagles digest bones and use the nutrients by strong acids dissolving them.
- Eagles can catch pray that is to heavy to lift out of the water.
- Swimming short distances, dragging prey with their talons Eagles can pull prey out of the water.
- Speech should be concise and shared in small bites for others to process.
- Stay focused on the purpose of the conversation.
- Keep your speech on land and don’t allow it get lost.
- Focus on the parts of the conversation that provide the most nutrients.
- Learn to discard parts of the conversation that are not worth arguing or meditating on.
- Hold on to things that are valuable.
- Use all your strength to hold on to people that encourage and lift you up. (Nurture those relationships)