Today has not been my day. In fact, I've had a bad couple of weeks. And it's largely been because of my tongue. What's frustrating about it is that I am an extremely diplomatic person. I always give people the benefit of the doubt and try to see things from their perspective. Historically, I've been good at diffusing tension and putting folks at ease. So how could this series of misunderstandings happen to me?
Simple. "The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity." And "the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." James was a smart guy. As much as I'd like my tongue to cooperate, it just never will. God's Word tells me that my tongue is evil. Why do I think that my "diplomatic skills" are such that I alone of all mankind could dare let my tongue loose? I cannot seek to control my tongue. It is not to be tamed.
Well, here's hope for me (and you). "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." That's found in Proverbs 10:19. Think we might better listen to that Solomon guy?
So I'm throwing in the towel. God, take my tongue! Use it for Your glory. I cannot control it, but You can. You control all this vast universe. You conquered death and sin. You can easily conquer my tongue. Receive glory from my tongue. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, my Rock and my Redeemer. May every word I utter be for the glory of Your kingdom and the encouragement of people that hear me speak. And, Lord, when I fail in communicating to others, please mend any damage I have caused. Make me a blessing rather than a curse.