Out of Control
Driving on ice is not fun! I saw a crazy video of cars on an icy road all sliding down a hill and piling up next to each other at the bottom. Those that live up north love to make fun of us in this part of the world about how we drive in winter weather. What many of them do not understand is the difference between driving on snow and driving on ice. There is no driving expert in the world that can control a car on ice because it takes at least some traction for a car to stay in control. A professional driver in a well-equipped four-wheel drive is not going to have any more control than a sixteen year old in a sports car. The only solution to traction on ice is putting something on the tires, like a chain or spikes, that dig into the ice to create traction. Without it a car will lose control and damage everything around it.
A tongue that is not under control has the same affects. When we do not think before we speak or speak in anger we become like a car on the ice. It goes wherever it pleases and takes out everything in its path. It is our responsibility as believers to make sure we give our tongue traction. We cannot control it in our own power. We control it by putting the word of God in our heart and living it through the power of the Spirit. God’s word will serve as the spikes against the ice to give us the traction we need to control that which seems impossible to control. Without it our tongues become a dangerous weapon in the hands of a child.
“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. - James 3:7-1