Today's Devotion (Tuesday)

An Unruly Tongue

PSALM 12:1-8

Key Verse:

"They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak" (Psalm 12:2).

Disappointments, disagreements and destructions are some of the tragic occurrences in human history. These are often associated with the misuse of the tongue. Yet, it is quite surprising that many people have not learnt to refrain from unguarded speech. The Psalmist raised some issues that are crucial to the happiness of all people. With genuine concern, he observed the absence of godly and faithful persons whose presence would have sanitized society and enhanced high morality among the people. Alas, their presence bred vanity, flattery, proud talks and oppression. They say: "With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us" (verse 4). God answered them and rose to the help of the oppressed. It may sometimes take long, but God will not fail to come to the rescue of the oppressed and the less privileged. Instead of destroying lives through thoughtless words, we can bless others. We can comfort and not curse. We can use this "comely part" to benefit others. Why use your tongue recklessly and risk God̢۪s anger? Remember, "...every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matthew 12:36). Let us bless God and His creatures at all times with our tongue; therein is our blessings.

Thought for the day: Those who have the mastery over the tongue, tame the monster.

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