I remember some years ago sailing past a lighthouse and coming away with the conviction that it is the light that matters. The lighthouse itself was imposing; the structure was the work of a master. But that edifice would be as treacherous as the rock on which it was built, but for the light. It was the light, and not the structure, that gave warning and direction.
It is not merely what I say, nor what I do, but what I am that matters. This is the witness that convinces. I have always believed that the greatest part of us is our unconscious influence. Unconscious influence, impregnated by the life of Jesus, should bring to mind the words of the Apostle Paul: “That the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (2 Corinthians 4:11, KJV). Someone once said: “We accomplish more by our radiations than by our exhortations.” May God make us luminous Christians…
WHAT THE TONGUE CAN DO… The heathen philosopher, Xanthus, invited some friends to dine with him. He ordered his servant Aesop to provide the best food the market could provide. Tongues were provided, served up with different sauces… course after course, each consisting of the tongue. Xanthus said to the servant, “Did I not order you to buy the best the market afforded?” Aesop replied, “And did I not obey you? Is there anything better than the organ of truth and the instrument of praise and worship?” The next day Xanthus ordered Aesop to provide the worst food the market could provide. And lo, there was another elaborate dinner of tongue. Aesop said to his master, “For surely the tongue is the worst thing in the world, the instrument of strife and the organ of lies and blasphemy.”
In James 3:1-18, the Holy Spirit indicates who is the perfect man. It is the one who has mastery of his or her tongue. James calls the tongue “a world of iniquity” (v. 6). Think of the piles of iniquity that have been fueled by the tongue. It was the insinuating tongue that caused Adam and Eve to sin (Genesis 3:4). It was the lying tongue of Joseph’s brothers that gave Jacob a lot of grief (Genesis 27:18-20). It was the obstinate tongue of Pharaoh that caused the plagues to be sent (Exodus 10:28). It was the jealous tongue of Miriam that caused her to be smitten with leprosy (Numbers 12:1,10). It was the proud tongue of Korah that brought swift judgment upon him and his company (Numbers 16:3,32). It was the fault-finding tongues of Job’s friends that ministered trouble for Job (Job 4). It was the sectarian tongue of the Corinthians that brought division into the church (1 Corinthians 1:12).
While the tongue may cause much evil, it can be a good servant too. The tongue is a tree of life to feed (Proverbs 15:4). The tongue is as silver for choiceness (Proverbs 10:20). The tongue is a fruit to satisfy (Proverbs 12:14). The tongue is as health to gladden the heart (Proverbs 12:18). The tongue can be sweet as honey to the soul and health to the bones (Proverbs 16:24). Solomon teaches in Proverbs 16:23, “The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips” (KJV). We only need to add the letter “s” and we make our words into “swords.” What a difference. There is a great difference between the evil tongue and the good tongue. Each day, may our tongue be influenced by the Holy Spirit.
Pastor George Belobaba
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