2 For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. 3 Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. 5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things (James 3).
Just as the destinations of horses and ships are determined by bridles and rudders, so is the destination of a life itself determined by its tongue. And, according to James, the supreme test of spiritual maturity is one’s ability to rule over it. For, it is as simple as this: if we do not rule over our own tongue, it will rule over us.
Several months months ago we acquired a puppy, and at ten months of age she has grown into a whopping six pounds of constant activity. We learned early on that if we do not control little Maggie, she will indeed control us. Thus, we have disciplined ourselves to discipline her.
Lord, help us This Day to discipline ourselves to discipline our tongue. Amen.