In the early days of our church, a member felt it was time to move on and start attending elsewhere. While this happens in every faith community, this individual chose to make their feelings known by emailing the entire membership a list of reasons for leaving. How many of us in a moment of anger or frustration have clicked the ‘send’ key and realized, too late, that we had made a mistake? Controlling the tongue is not easy. Too often, we allow our tongue to control us, speaking (or typing) words of anger and frustration indicative of the heart attitudes behind our words.
We must submit our tongues, our words, and our hearts to God’s redemption. Transforming the tongue reaches deeper than the organ situated in our mouth. It involves a total character check, and a transparency of the soul. We cannot offer praises on one hand and slander from the other; we will be found out, and our true nature revealed.
God, I ask for your transformation. Purify my heart that my tongue might sing your praises. Amen.