Listen to today’s devo!

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8)

Expanded Passage: James 3:6-8

Training for a marathon is grueling, especially if you are not accustomed to long-distance running. Jenny found herself in a quandary, wanting to run a marathon but lacking the discipline to start training. Luckily, Jenny came across a running schedule online which outlined the frequency and duration of all her practice runs leading up to the marathon. Sure enough, it took a high level of self-control to stick to it, but completing both the training and the marathon was a big achievement, and she gained a valuable life lesson.

Self-control in any area of life is important. The passage reminds us that we need to exercise self-control in our speech. Taming one’s tongue is like honing a skill; it takes conscious effort. This is particularly important because, as believers, we’re called to live as brothers and sisters, and that requires communication that is wholesome.

Anyone who continually gives into their flesh-desires will find that they are left unfulfilled, and more importantly, adrift from the path of righteousness. James warned us that an unbridled tongue can lead to our demise. James also alerted us to the fact that we have authority over what comes out of our mouth. However, we must rely on God’s help and his Word to tame our tongue; we cannot do it alone.

Recognize the value of self-control.

Olivia Isra’el is a wife and mother, and a psychological practitioner. Her love for writing has led her to convey the love of God through text.

© 2024 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.