A Steel Pole

April 1, 2004
by Brenda Wood

James 3:8-10 – But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, things ought not to be this way. (NASB)

My granddaughter firmly attached her tongue to a steel pole at school the other day. It took great effort and several people to detach pole from child. When she could talk, she explained that she wanted to see if it would really freeze. Now she knows. She won't be sticking her tongue out there again!

My tongue gets into trouble almost every day. My words thoughtlessly scramble out, causing hurt, discouragement, and a freezing atmosphere. "Is there a steel pole handy, anyone?"

While today's Scripture reveals that it is impossible for us to control our tongues on our own, does this mean that we are to give up hope, and let our words fly wherever they choose? Never! Remember, with God all things are possible!

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, we are sorry for all those times we have offended and hurt with our tongues. Move us beyond the desire to hear ourselves speak into a place of listening to the hearts of others. Thanks! In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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