Davy Crockett once said, “Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.” I agree … well, sometimes. While the tongue can express unconditional love and eloquent praise, it can also get us in trouble. Recently, blogger Lina Abujamra offered “10 Times to Hold Your Tongue.”
1. When you have no idea what to say
2. When you’re wrongly accused
3. When you’re mad
4. When you’re confused about life
5. When you wouldn’t want someone else to find out you said it
6. When you don’t really mean it
7. When you can’t stop yearning for the good old days
8. When you have a lot to do and you don’t like it
9. When the timing is wrong
10. When you don’t have anything to say that gives grace
Do you see one, two or maybe three on the list that resonate with you? I sure do. Moments and situations when you know in your head you’d be best to keep quiet, but that pesky tongue gets flapping and feelings get hurt, relationships get tested and ultimately, God isn’t honored.
So, next time you’re at the office late under a pile of work, consider Philippians 2:14: “Do all things without grumbling or complaining.”
Or the next occasion when you have the opportunity to pass along the latest gossip, consider Ephesians 4:29: “Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear it.”
Just as James reminds us, a ship has control of its rudder. As such, while our tongue may one of the strongest muscles in the body, with God’s help, we have control over it.