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Tongue – The savage in the last frontier

While preparing for Sunday School, I read this passage in preparation for the teachers and I humbly acknowledge that my tongue is still a savage.

There are many times that I regretted saying certain things and making certain actions.  Truly, the tongue can be an evil serpent when it slashes out mindlessly out of control and sting someone.

If I had stung you before, I ask for your forgiveness!  If I sting you in the future, I ask for your forgiveness!  Tell me that it hurts, so that I can learn to tame the savage.

Passage reproduced for the purpose of sharing:

The Last Frontier In You

(James 3:2, 7-9)

I have had the wonderful privilege of being in just about all of the United States. But one of the last I had the opportunity to visit was one of the most beautiful–Alaska. When I went there the first time, I was impressed with the motto on their license plates. It seemed pretty appropriate. “Alaska – The Last Frontier.” I can see why they say that. There are hundreds and thousands of miles of unpopulated expanse, abundant wildlife like including bears and moose and eagles, great untamed areas, even some untamed people. There’s a wildness that does make it the last frontier.

As a state, Alaska probably qualifies as the last frontier. But if you’re talking about the state people are in, well, Alaska, move over. The greatest untamed frontier on earth is identified in our word for today from the Word of God. It’s in James 3:2. “We all stumble in many ways,” God says. “If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man (or a complete man), able to keep his whole body in check.”

God says that when it come to the untamed areas of our personal lives, the tongue is the last frontier! He acknowledges that we stumble in many ways, but then He elevates controlling this one particular kind of sin to the position of Proof # 1 that a person is really grown up spiritually, proof that the Lordship of Christ is conquering the deepest corners of a person’s rebellious heart. That’s when his faith has reached “what he says.”

Listen to God’s description of the wildness of this frontier. James chapter 3 beginning in verse 7. “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed…but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” Talk about a spiritual frontier!

Now, there are people who are doctrinally sound, sexually pure, financially honest, personally unselfish, busy for the Lord, but verbally untamed. If you want to graduate to real spiritual maturity, make your tongue a central issue in your commitment to Jesus Christ. This is the battle on which you focus all your spiritual weapons.

A tape of this past week would tell the story–that sarcasm that cut so deep, the criticism that diminished the reputation of someone who wasn’t even there, the put-down that made you feel bigger when it actually made you smaller, those angry words that wounded people you say you love, the negative talk that destroyed someone’s confidence, the double-meaning comments that polluted you and those who heard you. Unfortunately, the tape would tell the story. What we say is the greatest proof or disproof of all we say we have in Christ, and it’s the battle we must win.

If you can, in Christ, get control of your tongue, you can find the power to control any part of your life. It’s time you turned all the power of Jesus Christ on that last, untamed frontier–the one in your mouth!

Copyright © Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. Permission to reproduce this material is automatically granted on the condition it will be used for non-commercial purposes, will not be sold, and will be distributed for the sole purpose of expanding the Gospel

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  1. February 22, 2007 at 1:34 pm


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