Tame that Tongue!



We all know them; the list of words if we spoke aloud around our grandmothers, they’d slap the taste out of our mouths.  Someone breaks in front of you in line at Dominoes when you’ve already been waiting 15 minutes for a “Hot and Ready” pizza that was the only reason why you stopped there for dinner in the first place.  Grrr!

Some Joker behind you must see a tidal wave coming because he’s riding your back bumper like his very life depends on him going faster.  Grrrrr!

Certain descriptors surface quickly, and if we’re not careful, they might slip out of our mouths at the wrong time.  Or maybe you just like to make people laugh, even if it takes inappropriate speech.  I have been both before, but something that another brother and I have been challenged by recently is found in James 1:26,

“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” 

This verse hit me like a ton of bricks.  You mean when I joke around with the guys, and I cross the line, even when I’m not mad, my witness about Jesus Christ loses worth?  Or when I get really mad and say a curse word at or around someone, my witness loses worth?  As someone who wants to further the name of Jesus Christ, that is the last thing I want to happen.  God has done amazing things in my life and still does.  It would be a huge tragedy for someone not to take those truths seriously because my tongue has made my religion worthless in their eyes.

My friend and I are trying to take what we say more seriously, even around other believers, and in faith I am excited to see how God will make Himself look more worthwhile to others through how we choose to speak.  Lord, teach us what not to talk about, and teach us what we should say.

John-Henry Lochbaum


  1. Sandra Whitt

    Good word John…I need to heed that sermon too!

  2. Randall

    I have been dealing with this very thing for a long time. Still in progress…

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