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Volume 6 ... #29
If You Can't Control Your Tongue, Your Religion Is In Vain
James 1:26 ... If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
We must be very careful not to hurt another person needlessly. Often words are spoken foolishly which do hurt others. We do not want to do that.
When I know I will be seeing another person, I often pray, asking God to have me say only those things HE wants me to say. Then if a subject comes up and I know God's truth on the matter, I must be courageous to share God's truth.
When dealing with another person, that person often fails to do what he says he will do. In such cases our flesh might be impatient and even want to "set that person straight". These are times we need to pray, asking God to control us and not let us speak anything other than what HE wants spoken.
So we speak God's truth to turn man from his own destructions ... and we control our tongues, not speaking that which destroys man by our own flesh.
If we store up resentments against a person without settling it with God, we are in very great danger of speaking to that person with "an unbridled tongue." In such cases our religion is vain (meaningless) and we condemn ourselves by our own tongue and by that which is stored up in our hearts.
Proverbs 4 ... Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Put away from thee a froward mouth (stubornly unruly), and perverse (obstinately turned from right) lips put far from thee.
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.