James Day 29

Thursday, October 6, 2011

7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

No man can tame the tongue and that is exactly why we need God to do it for us.  Check out this verse-

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”  Luke 6:45

So for our words to be right, our hearts have to be right.  The only one that can change our hearts is God.  We can’t change it on our own! (Sounds a lot like our “Character Under Construction” Series doesn’t it?)  “But the tongue can no man tame…”, so let God change your heart and your words.


What do your words reveal about your heart?  Are you allowing God to work on your heart?  This devotion can be a start, but if it’s just something you do on your “Christian checklist” it probably isn’t transforming you.  Don’t make this time of your day just a task to be accomplished.  Talk to God, and keep it relational.

24 thoughts on “James Day 29

  1. Mafalda Delienne

    My words reval about my heart that I have a good heart and that I’m a follower of the lord and will anything for him and I will serve him… Like for examPle there was this girl at schooland I was telling my friend Tommy about church and then this gor was all like oh what church do you go to and I like oh sonshine baptisted and she’s all like oh that church is gay and stupid you guys dot really follow good and worship him at your church in my church we do. And that got me so mad and I was like oh there’s no such thing as a stupid church it doesn’t matter what church you go to as long as your following and serving the same person and she was all like what the devil and I’m like r u saved and she’s like yes and im like well if you were you wouldn’t be talking like that and then she turned around and ignored me because she knew I was right, but in my heart I defened god and my believes and even if the bible says that every bird, animal, and reptile ate tamed by like humankind but the tounge can’t be tamed it is a deadly force of evil poison and that girls tongue the way she’s was talking about god you knew it wasn’t tamed. I am allowing god to work on my heart gladly and happily 🙂

  2. Tristian Lechien

    Thts so true Mafalda!! I’m so glad tht u keep this up! 🙂 and I’m very proud of u just for being who u r! 🙂 u make tristian so proud!!  ok on to today’s devos…. I loved the doevos today. I actually never read this part of scripture! And I totally didbt understand it so.. Let me know if I’m way off.! 🙂 like if someone was getting picked on by some bullies.. Would u just stand there and help? Or just sit there? Words can hurt. Sometimes we don’t know just how powerful words r. But we can if we start to notice what we r saying and what we r doing to people and then maybe or possibly we will stop what we r doing and just say I’m sorry I didn’t mean to be mean. Then u forgive tht person if they did something to u. 🙂 bottom line::::::: WORDS R POWERFUL!!!! And sometimes we can’t notice it. 🙂 thts what I got out of it today!!!! 🙂 c u guys Sunday! And have a grrrrrrrrr-8 Thursday!! Lol <—— tht was from frosted flakes! 😛

      1. Alexis Catapane

        I’m very proud of both of you girls, getting on here everyday and doing the devos! You guys are definitely and encouragement to me! 🙂

  3. Blake via

    The words that comes out of mouth is whats in my hart. You can see if someone is cursing you can tell he’s not got a good heart. But that’s the awesome thing about God is that he changes us in awesome ways!:)

  4. grace

    We have the power to tame all the wild animals, but we can’t tame our own tongues! That really puts into perspective the power of our tongue 😮 BIG elephants and horses…we can tame them…but that small little piece of us, our tongue, we cant.. If we want good things to come out of our mouths we need to have a good heart. The only way we can do that is by making it right with God. You have to be careful what you say because your words can reflect what’s on the inside. It’s kind of funny because at school I always invite this girl to all of our church activities and now whenever I tell her something she says “It’s cause your christian.. isn’t it.” 🙂 haha. Lately I have definitely been trying to make sure my words aren’t hurtful. It’s going successful 😉

    1. Megan

      It has been cool to see how you have handled the transition from Christian school to public school. I am proud of you inviting and sharing your faith. It’s been great to watch you grow. Keep it up.

  5. Alexis Catapane

    “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” That’s kinda scary, huh?! How something so little is full of deadly poison. But that’s so true, it’s crazy how our tongue is so powerful.
    This is really cool though. I know a lot of times my heart is not in the right place, and because of that I say some things I regret later. I think I do this mostly with family, I’m with them 24/7 and sometimes I just get annoyed and yell at them, argue, or something pointless like that. It’s not a very good thing, but it’s easier for me to be kind and say nice things to my friends, rather than my family. But to be honest, I haven’t really been thinking about if my heart is in the right place (which s probably one of my problems). And most of the time if I have a problem or something, I try to handle it on my own, instead of asking God to make some changes in my heart where they need to be made.
    I think a good application for me would be #1 to allow God to work in my heart, and #2 to really focus on the words I say specifically to my family. Of course, my words should be an encouragement to everyone, but I think with my family is a good place to start and it’s definitely the area I need to work on most! What we’ve been reading about these past couple of days have really been an eye-opener for me, and I hope (with God’s help!) I can use my words as an encouragement to others! 🙂

  6. Well, lately a lot has been on my mind about how people view me. Not exactly to where i care about what people think of me, but to if i’m being a Godly example everyday. & honestly, idk how i am being viewed. I get mad so easily, and i feel terrible after i get in a fight with someone in my family, or if im mad at someone at school. But, lately i’ve been feeling this overwhelming guilt everytime i sin! God’s working thru me which is really cool 🙂 I’m so aware of everything, which helps with what comes out of my mouth. & i think that’s why i’ve been feeling so bad lately, because i know that everytime i sin i do dissapoint God. He sent His son Jesus to earth to die for my sins so i could be saved and have a home in Heaven. But thats not an excuse for getting away with my sins!! I pray to God apologizing, and asking for forgiveness. I know i am already forgiven but i feel like i need to come clean to Him. I mean He sees everything i think/say/do so why not just be 100% honest with God? 🙂
    James 3:8 is a great point! Our tongue is a small little muscle but it’s filled with deadly poison. I’m so grateful that God helps me everyday by making my tongue a little less poisonous!

    Btw, P.Ben made a great point about how these devos shouldn’t just be something we check of our to-do list, it needs to be personal & relational. I’m guilty of that.. right before i did this i was thinking “Okay, i need to do my devos before homework so i know to get them done.” Just to be brutally honest. But when i read that, i started to re-think the purpose of why i’m reading this in the first place! I prayed to God asking Him to teach me something thru His word, and I learned something great today! 🙂

    1. Wow linds! Great comment today! I know God will continue to work in your heart as long as you let Him! You’re becoming such a godly woman, and you don’t know how proud I am of you! I don’t think I could’ve said all that better myself! Great job Pinds! 🙂

  7. like lindsey said,i feel terrible after getting in a fight because i know i shouldn’t hv done it and i know it wasn’t pleasing 2 him.at school in my L.A. class we hv a maxim of the week.this weeks maxim was the less u control what u do it can start controling u.i think this goes along w/ this cause we can lose control of the words we say.great devo’s today!! 🙂 love u guys!! 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

  8. I really love Luke 6:45! That verse is so powerful! I tend to say that a lot don’t I? A lot of thee verses in the bible are so powerful and they’re meant to be for a reason! They’re meant to grab ahold of our hearts and for us to take the verses and actually do something about what we read, and what God laid on our hearts, not just to ignore the awesome words that effected us.
    Anyways, enough of my rambling, back to the devo. Luke 6:45 is spot on. The part that really got me was, “for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” If the evil man has nothing but evil in his heart, the words out of his mouth will be evil. I’ve had evil in my heart many times. When I was angry at one of my sibilings, mom or dad, friend, acquaintance, etc. When I was mad, and had evil in my heart, the words that came out also resulted to be evil. Whether we like it or not, Satan is going to try and persuade us to do things against God. & you know what he loves the most? When we give in! He loves it when we go against God’s word and sin, and have evil in our hearts, and say words to people that we can never take back. Our motivation shouldn’t be to make Satan happy, but to make the one person who gave us the life we have, the air we breathe, the words to speak, happy!
    Most of the time my words reveal that I love God with all my heart, and that I want to serve Him, and be more like His son everyday, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes I’m being a practical atheist and not fearing God as much as I should, and get mad at the girl who cut in front of me in line, and start to judge her.. My words don’t reveal that I love God with everything I have 100% of the time, and that really bothers me.
    I’m allowing God to work in my heart, because if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. I do try to take matters into my own hands sometimes though, and wonder why I can’t do anything or fix anything, and that’s because I haven’t first handed over my problem to God and therefore let Him work in my heart. I need to improve on that for sure!
    These devotions have been really heavy on my heart lately. This new series practical atheist, is really making me evaluate my life. I’m not letting myself live another day with my old habits. I’m starting a change today! Whose with me? 🙂

  9. Ryan via

    So first off you can’t change who you are without Gods help. He has to work in you and you need to be the one who makes the first move. Second off what is going on inside your heart will be displayed by your mouth. So what you put in you will get out. If your putting in bad you get bad out in how you speak and how you act, if you put good in you get good out with your language and your actions also.

  10. Megan

    The words we say are not feathers floating in the air, they carry weight and can do damage if we use the wrong ones. What we say matters and our words can be the picture that we paint for others to see into our heart. I hate when I use poor and districting words because I feel so vulnerable. I know once those words are out that whoever I have said them to knows that’s what’s in my heart. It is especially true of my relationship with my husband. I know that when I am ugly to him that he knows my heart isn’t right. We are always trying to guard our heart and not let people in but when we open our mouth we are splashing the inside of our heart all over them. Its a great thing if you are filled with God’s love. Splash some of God’s love on some people. 🙂

    1. I like how you said that when your “being ugly” to P Ben he notices somethings not right! Its cool that people can get us back on the right track when were steering off of it!! your devo helped me a lot just now 🙂

  11. Great comments everyone 🙂 i woukd comment on everyones if i could but i dont wanna fill up the comments lol. Buuuut im proud of you guys & you help me everyday more than you know. Today was super stressful & im stressed for tomorrow too so if you could pray for me that would be awesome! love you guys & ill talk to you tomorrow & see you Sunday 😀

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