Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:7-8, HCSB). But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head–Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)
Christ followers are… followers of Christ–we are not Christ Himself. We are imperfect and can be just as sinful, misguided, misinformed, and cruel as the next person BUT we are called to a higher standard and are to be ambassadors to the world, representing Christ Himself. The world, who cannot know God because they are separate and blinded to Him, (John 14:17) will therefore decide their opinion of God based on us–thus, our words and actions must be filled with the love of Christ and we must let God tame our tongues!
When Christians speak out in the name of Christ, we all run the risk of leading someone astray. The Holy Bible, the inspired Word of God, is the ONLY perfect source of truth and when words comes filtered through a Christian, they must be compared to God’s words to ensure accuracy and our hearts and intentions must be based out of love.
I desperately wish non-Christians and a secular world would not judge Jesus based on the words and actions of the lump sum of His followers, but the sad fact is they do. We must be more careful with our words in this media-driven, social media society!
Even the most devoted and devout follower of Jesus will say the wrong thing at times. We are still human.
If you are a follower of Christ— pray that God would filter your thoughts and take them captive before they come out. Only God can help us speak the truth in love- we must ask Him for help more often and allow Him to tame our tongue!
If you are not a follower of Christ–please remember that we are humans just like you- we are not Christ Himself and we are not perfect. There are many people-the Bible even warns us about them- they will try and deceive people into thinking incorrect thoughts about Jesus. These false prophets do not point to Jesus and they do not act according to His will. I beg you, please read the Bible for yourself and find some true, Bible-believing, humble, loving Christians to discuss it with. If someone is speaking to you in the name of Christ but they have no love, there is a problem! The number one rule for Christians is to love God and #2… is to love others!!
Heavenly Father, as Your children, we desperately need you to take our thoughts captive and and teach us to only speak the truth in love. Lord, I surrender every thought to You and ask for wisdom before I speak. Guard my heart and my mind and teach me to love others as You love me. May nothing I ever say or do lead someone astray, but rather, use me to bring others closer to You. May Your love be evident and radiate through Your people into a hurting, dying world–in Jesus’ name, Amen.