Reference text: James 3:1-10


By simply using the concept of visual comparison, it is rather interesting to see how Saint James compares the steering of a ship by a small rudder to the briddling of an entire body by the tongue. An organ so small that unless we are conscious about it, we rarely see it in operation.

Yet, it appears to be that one organ against which the sternest of warning  have been issued, and great care required with its use. It becomes apparent that from the moment ‘God said’ in the beginning, the tongue was elevated to being held to a very high standard.

As small as it may be, the mouth with the tongue hold creative power – thus whether for good or for bad, there is capacity to birth what one says. With the same tongue, we can breath life or speak death, for life and death are in the power of the tongue. Thus we are advised to bridle our tongues for ‘

Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity' (Prov 21:23).


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