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With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.
We must note that the author of this book, James, was the half-brother of our Lord Jesus Christ. He’d watched how his perfect brother had lived while growing up. He’d seen how Jesus could tame His tongue and how he, James, could not. Nor could anyone he knew. In the next verse, James says out of the same mouth comes praise and cursing. He acknowledges that the tongue is “UNTAMABLE!”
I’ve known men who, before coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, had a mouth that was so full of filth and venom that I had given up hope for them. But then they yielded their life to Christ, and their words became peaceful, loving, and filth-free. So what a person cannot do for themselves, Jesus can do. How does this happen? I believe in part it happens by the grace of our Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit. Grace says to the person, “I love you, I forgive you, I’m not mad at you.” The Holy Spirit says, “If you let Me, I will give you My power over this.” I’ve heard one testimony after another of men and women who have said, “What I couldn’t do in my own power, the Holy Spirit did by His power in me.” You may be fighting such UNTAMABLE situations that, like St. Paul, you say, “What a wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25a). It’s true that whatever may seem UNTAMABLE to you and me is nothing for our Lord. He can save to the uttermost those who are lost.
Thank You this AM that You were there when I was UNTAMABLE, and You did for me what I couldn’t do for myself. Every once in a while, those old UNTAMABLE forces want to rise, but You have been there every time to tame them. Amen