Can we tame our tongues? Is it even necessary?
I must have learnt to speak even before learning to breathe; and I have not stopped speaking since. This made teaching a lesson about “controlling the tongue” hit close to home. One of those moments when you look towards heaven with a smile and whisper, “nicely played, God”.
I started the lesson by asking each child to tell us about a physical injury they had suffered. We then went around the class one more time to remember the meanest comment anyone had ever told us. I asked the children if the hurt from the mean comment was any less than the pain from the injury. They admitted that words can hurt just as much, if not more, than injuries. In my experience, you recover faster from “sticks and stones” than “words”; this lead us to the week’s verse:
“If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless” James 1:26
Wow! This is always a powerful wake-up call and a great reminder of how controlling our tongues is not an option, it is a necessity.
I highly recommend this following video; it drives the message home quite nicely:
I ended the lesson by giving 4 practical tips to help us tame our tongues.
4 Tips To Tame The Tongue:
1- To train ourselves to control our tongues, we can reflect on this: we use the same tongue to praise the Lord and partake of communion
2- Only say kind words to others
3- Before speaking, ask ourselves: Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?
4- Pray to our Lord to help us tame our tongues.
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