How many boys and girls at school - whether in Elementary, Middle, or High School - how many end their lives because of the knives thrown from the mouths of others! We read, "One morning, two months into his junior year of high school, Tyler Long changed out of his pajamas and into his favorite T-shirt and jeans. He strapped a belt around his neck and hanged himself from the top shelf in his bedroom closet. (ABC News)" Confusion beyond all reason rises up when one considers that Tyler Long killed himself because he was just being himself - subconsciously reacting to a condition he was born with! He couldn't control it; it was actually a blessing in disguise for him because it kept him more rule-minded than most. The trouble was, he would tell other people the rules when they were broken, and they got mad, hurling their vicious words as knives at Tyler.
Well doth James the Apostle say, "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. . . . Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. (James 3:5-6, 10-12)" Brother James' words have become timeless. Even as a fountain cannot bring for both clean and filthy water, so, indeed, should it be with our tongues. We should learn to lead our tongues as the horse is led - with a bridle.
May we ever bridle our tongues and think and say what the Savior would say in all we do! I know that if the mind is under control, then the tongue will be as well. Because of our words men will either be drawn towards or away from us. In the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.