Blessedness of the Bridled Tongue by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2021
BLESSEDNESS OF THE BRIDLED TONGUE
TEXT: Proverbs 10:11-21
“The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.” – (Proverbs 10:20)
A prominent minister of God once said, “Far too many of us, at one time or another, either knowingly or unknowingly, become Satan’s assistants! One of the most awful daggers, which Christians ever used, is the tongue of slander. Churches have been wrecked, loved ones estranged and lives blighted by it.”
Solomon, in our text, counsels on the lifestyle of the righteous and the wicked. He says that the mouth of the righteous and wise is a well of life and full of wisdom. He lays up knowledge and his labour “tendeth to life”. He keeps instructions and refrains from evil speaking. Thus, his words are as “choice silver”. Contrary to this is the life of the wicked, whose mouth is full of cursing, violence, hatred, slander and lying. He is void of understanding and lacks wisdom.
Truly, life and death are in the power of the tongue. Our words have the potential to make or mar the people we direct them at. Even more sobering is that our words are as irretrievable as a broken egg. Once it has dropped, it scatters and cannot be put together again. No amount of corrective efforts can undo whatever harm we may have inflicted on others with the wrong use of our tongues.
The absence of controlling power and truth affects the tongue. If the heart is polluted, the mouth will speak perversion. Generally, it is advisable to maintain silence when there is nothing positive or constructive to say. This will save us from making vain, suggestive, irritating, hasty, irreverent, proud, idle, and slanderous remarks. But when the controlling Spirit of God is in the heart, He will guide our speech. The tongue of the blessed, who has been to Calvary, is cautiously silent when provoked, confused or when faced with frustrating situations or trial of faith. We must be in charge of our tongues and our thoughts. That’s the life of the wise.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Those who have the mastery over the tongue, tame the monster.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: