"Let your words be kind and sweet. For you never know which ones you'll eat" 1
Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.
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 bothblessing and cursing....these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? And salt water cannot produce fresh.2
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"If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way."3 No; you can't attain perfection, but move in that direction today. Just today...makeeverything you say: gracious, kind, positive, encouraging and overall good. Repeat tomorrow. [1 Dr. Owen Facey; 2 Book of James 3, NASV; 3 Book of James 3, NLT]
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