The Tongue can be a Powerful Tool or a Poisonous Weapon
Here are a few interesting facts about the tongue:
The tongue is a muscle. The strongest muscles in the human body are your legs and yes, you guessed it...the tongue. You cannot swallow your tongue because under your tongue there's a thin layer of tissue or membrane called the "frenulum." This membrane connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. In fact, the whole base of your tongue is firmly anchored to the bottom of your mouth, and, therefore you could never swallow your tongue even if you tried!
The top of your tongue is covered with a layer of bumps called "papillae." This Papillae helps grip food and move it around while you are chewing. The Papillae contain taste buds. People are born with about 10,000 taste buds. However, as a person ages, some of his or her taste buds die.
Each taste bud is made up of taste cells, which have sensitive, microscopic hairs called "microvilli." Those tiny hairs send messages to the brain, which interprets the signals and identifies the taste for you. Also your tongue helps keep you from getting sick. The back section of the tongue contains what is called the "lingual tonsil." When you have "tonsillitis," it's not your lingual tonsil that's infected. Tonsillitis affects the "palatine tonsils," which are two balls of tissue on either side of the tongue. The lingual tonsil, the palatine tonsils, and the adenoids are part of a bigger system that fights infections throughout your body.
And lastly, your tongue never rests even when you are sleeping. Even as you sleep, your tongue is busy pushing saliva into the throat to be swallowed. If it weren't for this marvel, we would all wake-up in a pool of saliva.
A couple of definitions in the Merriam Webster online dictionary defines the word "tongue" as,
~ fleshy movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most vertebrates that bears sensory end organs and small glands and functions especially in taking and swallowing food and in humans as a speech organ;
~ the power of communication through speech.
These are a few interesting facts about the physical aspects of the tongue. The tongue is a very useful tool in our bodies which was designed to aid us in many ways as mentioned above, such as in eating, fighting sickness, and speaking. However, in the spiritual sense, the tongue can be a blessing or a very dangerous weapon. The tongue can build-up and bring healing or tear-down and bring destruction. It can cause strife and pain, and it can bless or curse. It is the key to open the heavens in praise, worship and prayer or the key to open the gates of hell and build strongholds, put out curses, and bring oppression, sickness and disease of the mind, body, and spirit. It can be the most powerful weapon used, especially among Christians, to separate and divide God's children within the Kingdom of God.
The Lord blesses us with many gifts. Some individuals are blessed with the gift of exhortation and prophesy, and when led by the Holy Spirit, will use their gift to edify the body of Christ. Yet others who are ruled by their sinful flesh (envy, jealousy, anger, pride, idolatry, etc.) and fail to walk in the light, will use it to tear down and hurt their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and will open doors and allow access to religious spirits to work in them. The influence of this spirit will exploit that person's weakness to lash out at others while covering-up their ill-intent with scriptures. This behavior is not of God! No matter how one coats their words or message with biblical scriptures, their hurtful words goes against all of God's teachings and commandments, specifically "....love your neighbor as yourself" (Lev. 19:18) and as Jesus commanded in the New Testament, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:34-35).
I've learned much in my walk with Christ but as I continue to learn each day more and more, I realize that I will never know enough and perfection will be reached when I ascend to heaven to be with Jesus. One of many important things I've learned is that most battles can be avoided and that offenses are often caused by minor things due to misunderstandings.
One valuable lesson I've learned and would like to share with you is if you have a disagreement with another brother/sister in Christ about something that was said or read and decide to confront him/her -- STOP! Put your emotions aside, re-read or clarify! It may be that the content or message was misunderstood. And if you still decide to confront this person, STOP! Look at how you are going to approach them because if you begin your message with something like "this is not to criticize" or "this is not to judge you, but as a love note..." and then proceed to hurl criticism and religious judgment at your brother or sister and end your note with offensive words, then you need to stop and question your spirit.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you and reveal to you what is causing you to react in this manner, and last but not least, open your bible, not to look up scriptures to use as a weapon, but for guidance and healing. Most of our hurtful words and actions come from uncontrolled emotions and if we have Jesus in us, we do have the power to control these emotions.
If you have been offended or you have offended, please forgive the person who offended you or ask for forgiveness from the one you offended and move on without grudges. Do not give the enemy a foothold in your life and build strongholds.
Here are a few scriptures about what the Word of God says about the tongue and sinful actions. I pray that they will bless you and guide you as they have me many times.
2 He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
3 and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
4 who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the LORD,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,
5 who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
will never be shaken.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies.
30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks what is just.
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be cut out.
12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,
but a man of understanding holds his tongue.
18 Reckless words pierce like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper;
he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue
keeps himself from calamity.
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
23 He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor
than he who has a flattering tongue.
21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,
and need not fear when destruction comes.
8 Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks with deceit.
With his mouth each speaks cordially to his neighbor,
but in his heart he sets a trap for him.
26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does
not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself
and his religion is worthless.
5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it
makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set
on fire by a small spark.
6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the
parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets
the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set
on fire by hell.
8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil,
full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and
with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness.
1 Peter 3
10 For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep
his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.
1 John 3
18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue
but with actions and in truth.
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