I find it interesting to find out what dictionaries give as a definition of things we already know. Sometimes they have things I never knew. Take the word “tongue” for example; The Merriam Webster Dictionary states this: “a fleshly movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most vertebrates that bears sensory end organs and small glands and functions especially in taking and swallowing food, and in humans as a speech organ.” So in this definition, the last part caught my attention, “in humans as a speech organ.” I don’t know if I ever considered we have an “organ” for speech. Now, when I hear the word “organ” I automatically think of an instrument that makes beautiful music, not necessarily an organ like our lungs.
Now, if the person playing the organ is experienced, they play beautiful music, but if someone plays it and doesn’t have a clue what they are doing it sounds like cats running across the keyboard. So, this got me to thinking about our tongues and if we are using them to make beautiful music or ugly sounds.
There are several scriptures about our tongues. Seriously, get a concordance and look the word tongue up, and you will learn a lot about what God says about our tongues. One that comes to mind is Proverbs 15:2-4 (there are a lot about tongues in this book) “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but a perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Another one is Proverbs 21:23 “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” One more Philippians 2:11 “and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Now, I hope and pray that the tongues we are using to tell others that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, is not being used to “break the spirit,” or get our “soul in trouble.” I pray each one of us is making sweet sounding music with our organs; but if this is something you struggle with ask God to take control of your instrument. Ask Him to help you to control it and only use it to make great praise music for this world to hear, and to tell others that Jesus is Lord of Lords!
If you do not know Him as your Lord and Savior I invite you to stop reading right now and take this opportunity to confess to Him you are a sinner and you need Him to come into your heart and save you. It will be the best thing you will ever do, and it is a life changer!!
“Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”