As you can see, the Scriptures are full of promises for us. They are
also filled with convicting and challenging verses that have the
potential to cut swiftly and directly as we apply them to our hearts. My
desire is to ingrain the Word of God deeply in my mind and heart so
that when it is needed, the Holy Spirit can bring it to mind.
A passage I’ve been trying to memorize is James 3, and God is using
His word to cut away the unnecessary and hurtful words that come out of
my mouth. Our words have the potential to destroy someone and once they
are spoken, they can either crush or build up. I desire that the
conversations I have with people be uplifting and encouraging– not
damaging. It is by the grace of God that fresh water will come out of my
mouth which will refresh my recipients.
There are a few verses that talk about how the tongue is impossible
to tame and that it is a restless evil. This really caught my attention.
It seemed discouraging at first to think that our tongue cannot be
tamed. As I kept reading, it became clear why that cannot be done. I, in
and of myself “trying” harder cannot tame it; only God can through His
Holy Spirit. As my body becomes the instrument of the Holy Spirit, life
will flow out to those around me.