The Tamed Tongue and the Transformed Life

The Tamed Tongue and the Transformed Life

Mathew 12:33-37; Proverbs 18:21; 1 Peter 3:10; James 3:5-8

  • Today’s study centres on a small body member that can kill or build a life. It is the carrier of death and life.
  • We must reflect on our past lives and how we have used this little member. Had we not kept this little member called tongue in the past, what would we like to correct or change now?
  • The Holy Writ urges us to keep back our tongues from all ungodly actions. 
  • In our text in the book of James, the tongue was associated with fire, and the word appeared four times.
  • As men can tame animals, only God can tame the ungodly tongues.

P1. The Portrait Of A Tameless Tongue And A Graceless Life

Proverbs 18:21; Jeremiah 9:5, 8; Proverbs 13:18; Psalm 10:7; Proverbs 17:20

  • The predicament of a tameless tongue and a graceless life can amount to suffering, moral failure, severe experience,  and sudden death.
  • The traits of a tameless tongue and a graceless life are itemized below:
  • Naughty tongue (Proverbs17:4); Poisonous tongue (Job 20:16).
  • Bitter tongue (Psalm 64:3); Mischievous tongue (Psalm 52:2).
  • Proud tongue (Psalm 12:3); Boastful tongue (James 3:5).
  • Deceitful/Crafty/Lying tongue (Proverbs 12:19; Zephaniah 3:13; Jeremiah 9:5); Cursing tongue (Psalm 10:7).
  • Smiting tongue (Jeremiah 18:18);  Devouring tongue (Psalm 52:4).
What kind of tongue do you have and use?

P2. The Possibility Of A Tamed Tongue And A Graceful Life

Mathew 19:26; Proverbs 18:21; Isaiah 50:4; Songs 4:11; Proverbs 25:15; 15:4

  • The Lord is interested in how we use our tongues and is willing to tame the untamed tongue. 
  • In contrast to an evil tongue given to curses, a blessed tongue impacts lives.  
  • Tamed tongues are priceless as illustrated by these scriptures:
  • Bridled tongue (Psalm 39:1); Wise tongue (Isaiah 50:4; Proverbs 15:2); Sanctified tongue (Isaiah 6:7); Wholesome tongue (Proverbs 15:4); Righteous/just tongue (Proverbs 10:20; Psalm 71:24); Praying tongue (Psalm 66:17); Extolling tongue (Psalm 51:14; 35:28); Truthful tongue (Proverbs 12:19).
Do you have a tamed tongue?

P3. The Profit Of A Transformed Tongue And A Gracious Life

Isaiah 48:17; I Corinthians 7:35; 12:7, 14:6; I Samuel 25:23-35; Numbers 6:25

  • The transformed tongue and a gracious life can be interpreted as the idea of using our words and actions to bring about positive change in our lives and the lives of others.  
  • Words from wholesome tongues have profited many who were downhearted and weary of life; besides, it has delivered many from death. 
  • When the tongues of saints are established in wholesomeness, it results in the salvation of sinners, health to the sick (Proverbs 12:18), upliftment to those in despair, preservation of the souls of believers and hitch-free fellowship among brethren. 
  • The profit of a transformed tongue is peace, purity and power to live a gracious life.