Getting Control of our Tongues

"We all stumble in many ways.  If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check."  James 3:2

A woman once came up to C.H. Spurgeon and said that she had engaged in gossip and felt badly about it.  She asked him how she could repair it.  He took a piece of paper, tore it into many pieces, then tossed it into the wind.  The pieces blew all over the street, making it impossible to gather them up.  He turned to her and replied, "Gather all the pieces, tape them into one, and you then can repair the damage."

Sometimes we can't repair all the damage our tongues have done, but we can learn not to do it again.


1.  Have we prayed about how we might respond to someone who has hurt us?

2.  Do we eagerly share things that reflect negatively on others?  Would we want the same things shared about us?

3.  Have we sought to say something encouraging to someone else today?  Our words might make a difference in someone's life today.

Meditate on these verses, asking God to give you victory over your tongue:

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."  James 1:19

"Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another.  Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister, or judges them, speaks against the law and judges it.  When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it."  James 4:11

"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."  Colossians 4:6

Take Time to be Holy

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul

Each thought and each motive, beneath His control

Thus led by His spirit, to fountains of love

Thou soon shalt be fitted, for service above

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Jacqueline Downs wrote:
Hello Pastor Sam, I know James 1:19 like I know my name. I was beginning to think being quick to speak and slow to listen was part of my DNA. lol I love the Lord but I do blurt out things most of the time before I think. Please pray for me to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Excellent lesson and pray that I can apply it more in this lifetime. God's Blessings, Jacque

Fri, October 28, 2011 @ 7:06 AM

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