Arrows of the Almighty
No Man Can Tame The Tongue
"No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison," says James 3:8.
Proverbs reminds us that "the tongue has the power of life and death"
(18:21). We can tame practically any animal, but
not our own tongues. It's like a wild animal loose in our mouths!
Using words sometimes for good and sometimes for evil is not the way it should be (vv. 9-10). Praising God is one of the highest purposes of language; cursing people, who are made in His image and whom we're commanded to love, is ungodly and very wrong. It's as though fresh water and salt water are coming from the same spring, or as though the same fruit tree produces different kinds of fruit (vv. 11-12). How can we speak both "benediction" and "blight"? It's morally self-evident that this should not be.
Jesus also used the metaphor of a tree bearing fruit. "Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit" (Matt. 7:17-18). In the context of James's epistle, we see that only mature faith can practice self-control of our words. Self-control you will remember is a fruit of the Spirit of God's Presence within! (Gal. 5:22-23) Only spiritual rebirth and growth in holiness can produce control of the tongue. It is impossible to achieve this on our own. Yes, only God can control man's tongue for "no human being can tame the tongue!" All the more reason we need to use the language of the Spirit of God and pray, worship and intercede in the language of the Spirit which obviously is beyond the control of our minds flowing in the unknown tongue, spoken by the Spirit of God. (see Romans 12-14)