Tame that Tongue Already

The tongue, it can reflect the Word that confirms your true Genesis and identity, or it can speak the opposite. Out of the mouth the heart speaks.

James 1:19-19

Ponder the word that reveals your true origin, do not ponder the problem;

(pondering the problem brings anger and takes our eyes off of our true genesis)

Rather remain silent than to give anger your voice, anger distorts the picture and brings no credit to compliment God’s righteousness.

We are God’s righteousness, called to ponder the word that reveals the truth about us.

In James 3:8 we see that no one can tame a tongue. How many of us were thought that we need to tame our tongues?  Well this verse states that is totally impossible.  So than why are so many still striving to do so? How do we tame a tongue if not by our own self effort?

Bottom line, it’s not our job to tame our tongue. It is something that happens in us when we realize our true nature.  It’s God’s original design being birthed in us as our understanding of the truth of our real natures is revealed. When we ponder the truth of our original Genesis, faith wells up inside of us and we begin to see the truth and are able to believe our true design.  Out of that revelation flows the restraint of the tongue, it’s the very fruit of the Holy Spirit at work in us.  Self-Discipline, not us but him.

It’s the revelation of our mirror likeness that ignites true freedom to utter that which is precious and true. (Mirror Bible)

James 3:2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man. Meaning fully complete reaching the end.  There was only one perfect man and that was Jesus. It goes on to say that only the perfect man can bridle his whole body.

But wait we saw in James 3:8 no man can tame his tongue. This contradiction shows us that in James 3:2, James is making a point to show us that we are not the perfect man, that is Jesus, and that we in our own self effort can never bridle not just our tongue but our entire body which the tongue directs as we see in the following verses.  As I said above taming the tongue was never our job.

Can we all take a collective sigh of relief. Ahhhhhhh, now that is good news.

We could never do this in our own ability or strength, there was one perfect man, Jesus, and His spirit in us is the only way to bridle this body.

James 3:3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.
The bit is the truth of who we are in Christ, when that truth is in our mouths we effortless are persuaded (obey).  The word obey here is peitho and it means to persuade, have confidence in.  When the truth of who we are is guiding and directing us we are persuaded and have confidence in our Papa’s hands. Our entire bodies are guided by that truth. So, is it us guiding ourselves here by our own works? No, it is our persuasion of the truth of our identities being birthed in us that fosters the transformation of our entire bodies.

James goes on to give us another example in James 3:5http://www.christiancounselingco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/tamingthetongue.jpg

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

No matter how strong and big the ship is or how strong the winds trying to redirect it when it is guided by the very small rudder of the truth it holds the course. From that, the will of the pilot makes clear the path.

James 3:5 starts with So, also….

This is saying in this way also, it is saying look at what we just talked about, in this way also the tongue is a small part of the body, and it boasts of great things.  See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire.

The tongue can boast of either God or us, of his ability to steer, guide and direct us or of our own.  It all comes down to what we believe is the truth of who we are.  We speak the truth of what we believe with our tongues, for out of our heart our mouth speaks.  We cannot tame ourselves.

Matt 15:11 A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth but by what comes out of it.

Defile here is the word koinoo- it means to make common, pollute

We make ourselves common by what we believe in our hearts that come out of our mouths.  We are not common.  We are royalty.

Matt 15:18 But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart and those defile the man.

Again the word here for defile means make common. We can suffer from Identity Theft.  We can allow the very truth of who we are to be stolen from us, we can forget what manner of person we are.  The good news is that God is always persuading us of this truth. Jesus was God unveiled in the flesh. He was God finding accurate expression of Himself in human form.  Jesus is the mirror image of our true identities.

James 1:22 (Mirror Bible) Give the word your undivided attention; do not underestimate yourself. Make the calculation. There can only be one logical conclusion: your authentic origin is mirrored in the word. You are God’s poem; let his voice make poetry in your life!

When we ponder the truth of who we are as seen in the word in human form we cannot help but see our authentic origin, we no longer underestimate our birthright.

God I thank you for each and every person who sees you in this post, who hears your voice calling them into a deeper understanding of all that you have provided for us in this life.  I pray that you would help us better understand the truth of who you created us to be so that we could rest in that truth and out of the overflow of that our hearts would speak the truth.

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