The fruit of the Spirit is self-control, Galatians 5:23. God expects us to live a life of self-control.
In Luke 9:23-24 Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
Every day we must make a choice whether or not we are going to take our cross and follow Jesus. Every day we must make a choice and decide if we are going to live with self-control.
Paul reminds us we are to have self-control in our lives. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 he said this: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching I myself should be disqualified.”
There are so many different things we could talk about when it comes to self-control. I want to focus on the tongue. The Bible says a lot about the tongue.
Listen to what is mentioned in James 3:6-10, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and 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.”
WOW! The tongue is powerful. We need to be careful with how we use it. I want to focus on one phrase from the text in James.
“My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
There are some things that ought not to be when it comes to what we say.
Complaining out not to be. Lying ought not to be. Gossiping ought not to be. Belittling ought not to be. Profane words ought not to be.
We could probably add more to the list. The tongue is powerful. We need to control it. Our words should be gracious, seasoned with salt, Colossians 4:6.
This week let’s really focus on our words. Let’s focus on controlling our tongue.
As you go throughout the week, be sure to hide God’s word in your heart, Psalm 119:11. Remember the blessings He’s given you. Use your tongue to give thanks to Him in prayer, in song, and in your daily conversations.
Be quick to hear and slow to speak, James 1:19. Control your tongue. Use it to give glory to God.