The Telling Tongue

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless (James 1).

The word “religious” comes from the word “to tremble,” thus presenting the idea of being a God-fearer. James’ point is clear: someone who does not “bridle his tongue” does not really fear God, and is only deceiving himself in thinking he does. He can tell himself all day long he is religious, yet his tongue is telling everyone else that he actually is not. Our tongue tells more than we know.

Words are important—no, words are everything! A good acronym to remember and THINK about concerning what you are going to say is this: Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? And is it Kind? If your words fulfill these requirements then your religion will not be “worthless.”

Lord, help us This Day to THINK about what we say before saying it. Amen.