The Tongue: Small but VERY POWERFUL
Tongue noun \ˈtəŋ\ – a fleshy movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most vertebrates that bears sensory end organs and small glands and functions especially in taking and swallowing food and in humans as a speech organ.
Our tongue is just a small organ in the mouth, but when the time we use it, we are imparting two things: LIFE or DEATH.
I remember when I watched Eat Bulaga’s “Juan for all, all for Juan” segment last week, they called an old woman. At first seconds, normal reactions like shouting because of excitement, but after a minute, she was slipped away and cursed ON LIVE TV. As Jose and Wally went to her house, she didn’t stop to say curses to her husband and her mother-in-law, and she said she wanted only 5 years more before she died. Wow! But when the duo encouraged her, spoke good things to her, at that very moment, her views in life changed, and from only 5 years, she now wanted up to 100 years!
The same thing with all of us, when we start to speak good things to others, we are imparting LIFE to them. Otherwise, speaking bad things like curses to the people is actually DEATH that we are imparting to them. The next time we want to speak to other people, BE CAREFUL on the words that we are going to say.
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. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 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. 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. 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. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
– James 3:2-12
How about you, are you imparting LIFE? Or DEATH?