Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Watch Your Tongue

Tuesday March 7

Bible Reading:     James 3: 1 - 12

Topic:         Watch Your Tongue

The tongue is a very small member of the body that can build or destroy based on how it is used.

As someone wisely said, the tongue has no bone but has the power to break a heart.

The uncontrolled tongue can do terrible damage.

A few words spoken in anger can destroy a relationship that took years to build.

James warns in today's reading that "no man can tame the tongue, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison" (James 3: 8)

Only the Holy Spirit can give us the power to subdue the damaging effect of the tongue as we give Him Dominion over our lives and rule over our hearts.

As God's Word dwells richly in our hearts, we will be able to limit the negative use of our tongues.

The Holy Spirit will give us self control so that we can speak words that please God.

Before you utter a word, ask yourself these questions

1.      Is the word Edifying?

2.      Is it full of encouragement?

3.      Will it be gracious to the hearer?

4.      Will it glory God in Heaven? (Phil. 4: 8)

Remember that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it on the Day of Judgment (Matt. 12: 36 - 37)

Therefore watch your tongue

Dear Lord, enable me through Your Spirit to have control over my tongue, Amen.

Memory verse:   James 3: 2
"For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man and able also to bridle the whole body"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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