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The Evil Beast

"All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no one can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (Jas.3:7-8).

As we complete this series about how the words that we say must be controlled, James comes full cycle and writes about the animals (see Gen.9:2) that have in some way been brought under man's dominion. Paradoxically, James contends that the animals that have not in some way been domesticated are themselves ---- symbolized by a lack of control over the tongue. He calls it a restless evil, full of deadly poison. Perhaps you've watched some nature shows on TV that categorize snakes by the deadliness of their poison. We can draw a great comparison from that when it comes to the damage that an out-of-control tongue can wreak... Up until this point, James has written in generalities of the destructive potential of the tongue and the difficulty by which it is brought under control, but lets make this crystal clear. The tongue should not be considered to be a universal evil. Though verse seven (7) today tells us no on can control the tongue, even in its lawlessness, it can be a blessing... By the use of words. good folks can bless the Lord and and bring about beneficial effects for those within their sphere. This being said, James, the practical one, could not let the damage brought about by an uncontrolled tongue to be left unnoticed... Whenever both good and evil can emanate from the same opening, we must examine the issue very closely. Finally, lets remember that this section began with whether or not one would choose to become a teacher, and to be a good one, wise words must be used....

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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