Psalm 145: 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

I have to say that sometimes my mouth does not speak the praises of the Lord. In fact, there are many days that you may find it complaining, cutting down and-dare I say it?- sometimes, crude. (a hush falls over the crowd) You, Daughter of Encouragement?! You?!

Yep.

Me.

My tongue, though a valuable asset has also proven to be one my greatest snares. As far back as I can remember, my patient mom would tell me, “Daughter of Encouragement, think before you speak!” I have yet to fully master that skill.

The book of James talks a lot about the tongue. A. Lot.

James 3:3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

I bet James struggled too. How else would he know?

My thought today, on the tongue is that it’s not really the tongue’s fault at all, but rather, the mind. Therein lies the obstacle. The tongue only repeats what the brain tells it to repeat. The muscle itself is not to blame.

So, I seek my freedom in another place:

1 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

If my mind is the problem, then it must be made obedient to Christ. Here, it clearly states that it is possible to take every thought captive. If the thoughts don’t sound like something Jesus would think then, well, it needs to change.

But, (You may say) how do we know if it is a thought that Jesus would have? Are we now supposed to be able to read Jesus’ mind?

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

If we are all thinking and speaking these kinds of things, then, yes, we, together do have the mind of Christ. 🙂 (1 Corinthians 2:16)

Is it easy? Are you kidding? Is exercise easy? Is learning a new skill easy? Is waking up early on a rainy day to go to work easy? Is childbirth easy? Is building a house easy? Is tilling a garden easy? No, but the reward for faithfulness is outstanding.

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