Thanks to Ashley for creating the June scripture writing plan on Taming the Tongue. Here’s what she says about this issue of controlling our speech (and how difficult it is – whew!!):
“First I drink the coffee, then I do the things.”
“I’m into fitness. Fit’ness taco in my mouth.”
“Running late is my cardio.”
I love the funny t-shirts that are so popular right now. Most of them, that is. There’s one that makes me cringe all over. It reads, “I love Jesus but I cuss a little.” It makes me sad how often I see this phrase come up.
Believe it or not, the apostle James spoke out about this very attitude about 2000 years ago! He said, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” (James 1:26)
(Preach, James! I think James might be accused of being judgmental in today’s time, but he wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is!)
I don’t own that t-shirt and never will, and I can tell you that cursing just isn’t something I’ve ever struggled with. However, I cannot claim to have perfected the art of bridling my tongue. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve spoken out of anger, hunger, impatience, selfishness, frustration, pride etc., I’d have enough money to buy all the funny t-shirts.
The truth is that taming our tongues is HARD. James 3:7-10 says, “For every kind of beast has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
We are called to be righteous — with every word, every breath, every thought, every action. Please join us this month in our scripture writing plan where we will explore what God’s word tells us about taming the tongue!
Taming the Tongue Scripture Writing Plans
We have two free versions of the Taming the Tongue scripture writing plan to pick from – the calendar version (btw, the whole 2020 downloadable set of these are available in our Etsy shop) AND the list version. You’ll notice that the list version doesn’t have a month on it, so you can use it ANYTIME. =) You can download the free versions below.
Stay tuned for several more Taming the Tongue freebies to go along with your study this month, such as smartphone and computer wallpapers and a lesson from Ashley. =)