Poison: Taming the Tongue

Poison:  Negative influence: something that exercises a powerful destructive or corrupting force, especially in an insidious way.

To remain authentic, I must remember that I am no better than anyone in this world. I am sinful by human nature and all my brain juice was given to me by The Lord as an undeserving gift. Praise!

Today was a bit difficult. I am trying so hard to remain authentic and some poison leaked into my heart. I included the definition above. IDK the exact definition of the word insidious so here it is.

Insidious:  Gradual and harmful: slowly and subtly harmful or destructive.

You’re welcome,

It’s hard not to mention the exact situation and present a clear understanding of what I’m trying to say here. Unfortunately, I have to keep the predicament a mystery because I’m obviously being watched like a hawk. I will say this: when you are doing something awesome for The Lord, the enemy knows how to inject you with poison.

James 3:7-8 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Since no one reads what’s in italics, I’ll break it down. We humans have already tamed large, dangerous animals. We have tamed that whale in SeaWorld, a few lions and tigers; we have made venomous snakes dance and, elephants too BUT we can’t tame the tongue. I even spelled tongue wrong (thank you auto correct).

I have experienced poisoning someone’s soul because of my tongue. I have said things to people that I shouldn’t have. I’ve lied so bad that I destroyed someone to pieces. It’s an endless list. Not only did my tongue destroy others, it destroyed me in the process. What you say (or post) simply exposes the type of person YOU are. I’ve noticed that when I entertain a rumor about a person, I only ruin my own integrity.

The point here is that when my tongue slips and I say things I’m not supposed to, I prove that I can’t control my own tongue. I’m trying to live a Christian life by avoiding sin and scripture tells me that I can’t control my own tongue? This looks like a lose lose situation to me.

Today, I had a battle within me. I kept going back to my past where people only had bad things to say about me. Their words stuck to me and it began to darken what was once a bright heart. Good thing it only lasted a few minutes thanks to BFF. Poison affects our bodies the same way. It enters and then tries to kill you, insidiously. 😉

The solution:

First, let’s quit letting our tongues get the best of us.

“oh but KG, the bible says that we can’t control  our tongue so what are you telling us to do?”

Well Bob,

Mark 16:17-18

17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

This verse speaks of people who talk mad doo doo and for people who are affected by the doo doo.

For those who talk doo doo:

If you believe in The Lord and truly accept Him as your Lord and Savior, Jesus says that we will speak in “new tongues”. We are talking about known coherent speech.  The Lord will teach us through the Holy Spirit on how to say good things or not say anything at all.

For those who are affected by the doo doo

If you believe in The Lord and truly accept Him as your Lord and savior, Jesus says we will pick up snakes; and drink its poison, and it will not hurt us.

How great is it to know that the bad things people say about us will bounce off like rubber balls from the quarter machines. That’s if we TRULY believe.

At the end of the day, we still can’t tame the tongue. Thank GOD for GRACE and FORGIVNESS! What we can do is simply try, and God considers that as effort in His book.

-KG

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