The tongue

What do you know about the tongue?
The tongue is a powerful
instrument, whose power many people do not know; and so it is greatly misused.

St. James compares the tongue to a fire. Just as “a forest can be set on fire by a tiny flame”, the tongue can set”on fire the entire course of our existence…”

“We humans are able to tame and have tamed all other creatures – wild animals and birds, reptiles and fish. But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison.”

What is hard to understand is “we use it to give thanks to our Lord and Father and also to curse other people, who are created in the likeness of God.”

Look at this: “Words of thanksgiving and cursing pour out from the same mouth.” St. James makes it clear “this should not happen! No spring of water pours out sweet water and bitter water from the same opening…” (James 3:1-12).

What St. James says throws great light on the harm that our tongues cause. They are meant for good; but we use them for evil. We thus have to be careful how we use our tongue. We must use it not for evil but for good.


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