December 10 – Today’s Readings – 1Chronicles 25-27 and Proverbs 10
Let me take a quick break from Chronicles this morning and look at a fairly obscure verse from Proverbs 10:11; “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life”.
As I was reading this verse, it struck me that people who have grown wise in the Lord are outstanding in many ways. Having a tongue that ministers life is certainly a telltale sign of a mature and Godly person. Now, before we go too far down this road, let me say that anyone – be they unbeliever or believer – can use their tongues for good or evil. Some even make a living out of making people feel positive or happy or successful. It’s not how they present themselves when they are “on stage” that tells the truth about them however – it’s how their tongues function around family and “normal” people that tells all. If the camera is on you, it’s easy to smile and say nice things. Politicians learned this long ago. It’s very rare to see a young, newly infatuated dating couple who are aren’t smiling and speaking kindly to each other. When they are in the presence of the new “special someone”, they are all positive and cheery. The real test of that positive attitude comes several months down the road when the “glow” wears off.
This is not the case when a believer has submitted their heart (and their tongue) to the Holy Spirit. Out of their mouth comes healing, encouragement, strength for the weak, peaceful words, joyous words…. How do we know the Holy Spirit is at work in someone’s life? They just keep getting easier to live with! We want to be around them because they minister life to us – AND – even when they “blow it” and say something all wrong, they are quick to repent as the Holy Spirit corrects them.
The Apostle James said, “no man can tame the tongue” [James 3:8], but he continued on and asserted that our tongues should bring forth good, pure “drinking water”. [James 3:11-12]
James 1:26 reads, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”
The only way I know to rein in my tongue is to be filled continually with the Spirit of God. Then, words of life will flow out of me and people will receive “life” from my lips. When I “trip up” and say something unedifying, the Holy Spirit will correct me and I will apologize to Him and others. As you well know, this tongue of ours will be a challenge for us to tame as long as we live. All I can ask of you is to consider the good and healing words that bring salvation – these words can and should be on our lips every day of our lives. Let’s start with the people we know best – our spouses – our children – our parents – those who work for us. This, after all, is where “the rubber hits the road”.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. [James 3:13]
1. Give a Bible example of a person who used their tongue to bless and build.
2. Give an example of how God has used your tongue to bring blessing, healing, or life to a bad situation.