“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
“Mr. T” is my tongue. He is powerful and at times difficult to control. Mr. T can be a tree of life, he can also crush your spirit. He can both praise the Lord and curse men. At times I wonder whether I control him, or he controls me.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)
The Bible speaks much about the tongue. In fact, scriptures can be found relating the tongue according to the following attributes: lying tongue, flattering tongue, proud tongue, overused tongue, swift tongue, backbiting tongue, tale-bearing tongue, cursing tongue, piercing tongue, and the silent tongue. That’s a lot of tongue talk!
“…For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:34-37)
Mr. T has been known to hit with a quick jab, land solid right hooks, and at times pursue utter destruction. Don’t be fooled by his size…. he is one solid hunk of muscle. Most of the time he is calm and pleasant, for the most part people tend to like him. However, be careful because he can turn ruthless before your very eyes. You’ve seen the the mild-mannered Bruce Banner turn into the Incredible Hulk, it may take 30 seconds for this transformation to be complete… Mr. T. can turn on you in less than a second. He is a quick and explosive muscle.
It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” (Matthew 15:11)
Personally, I’ve been thinking a lot about Mr. T. lately. I’m kind of upset and disappointed with him right now. I know you can relate with what I’m going through and this is why I tell you. As much as I’d just like to blame everything on him, I know that ultimately he is my responsibility. Mr. T is controlled by self-control, a vital aspect of the Christian life. The funny thing… “self-control” does not come through “ourselves,” or our own strength. Self-control is a Fruit of the Spirit, produced when we allow the Holy Spirit to rule in our life. (See Galatians 5:22)
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
“I pity the fool” who chooses to gratify the desires of the flesh instead of desiring to walk by the Spirit. I challenge you this week to examine your “Mr. T.” If he is causing you problems in your life, or causing pain in the lives of others… you’re going to need some help because you’ve got no chance of taking on Mr. T one on one. You read earlier of the many ways Mr. T can cause damage… don’t let him. Allow the Holy Spirit to fight this battle for your, for Him this will be easy. Your part in this battle is to recognize the enemy, confess your failures, and ask God to lead you in this battle. Blessed is Best!
Shared by Chad Hellenthal