Strongest Muscle, Biggest Weapon
~ Often held but never touched, always wet but never rusts, often bites but seldom bit, to use me well you must have wit. What am I? ~
Answer: The Tongue
The tongue may be your strongest muscle, but it can also be your biggest weapon. You may not bite your tongue, but without thinking, your tongue may be the cause of pain to others. The key words in that statement are “without thinking.” So often we speak out as an impulsive reaction, not taking time to process our words and their impact. This lack of thought is what brings upon destruction.
How often do you speak without thinking? Words just seem to blurt out of your mouth faster than projectile vomit. You didn’t necessarily mean them, but you said them. Pastor, author, and founder of Desiring God, John Piper said, “When the heart full of God's love can draw on the mind full of God's word, timely blessings flow from the mouth.” As Christians, we are called to tame our tongue. If our hearts are full of Christ, He should be constantly pouring out of our mouths.
Although it is easy to let your emotions get the best of you, especially online, bridling your tongue is a sign of a mature Christian. Proverbs 15:1-3 (ESV) tells us, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Christians are earthly images of Christ and we are constantly being watched by others. The World watches what we say and do and sees that as a reflection of God. As Christians, we are expected to look and act a certain way and when we stray from that stigma, a finger is quickly pointing our way.
Nevertheless, we need to continue to educate ourselves; read the Scriptures, study God, and know how to properly respond as a Christian. Grace to You teacher and preacher, John MacArthur said, “Be and Expert on the Word of God, and you will always know what to say to the culture.” This is such a wise statement. We often speak from our own opinions and convictions, but those are not always founded upon Biblical Truth. We must not respond to people or things rashly. Our responses should be based off what we have read and studied in God’s Word.
Any fool can input into whatever conversation he/she desires. It takes a true wise man (or woman) of God to know when to speak and when to yield one’s tongue. Words were not made for man to misuse, but as a tool to Glorify our God. Words not only have the power to affect you, but they can affect others as well. For out of the heart, the mouth speaks. So, be wise with your words for a foolish mouth can be your undoing.