What is one of the greatest challenges we have in living the Christian life?

A Word to the Wise

Dr. Walter Olsen

What is one of the greatest challenges we have in living the Christian life? There are many, but one that is a constant challenge for many is the use of the tongue. King David urged, “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” (Psa. 34:13). The writer of Proverbs said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). Indeed, the tongue is very powerful either for good or for evil. A careful and godly usage of the tongue is a matter of walking in the Spirit. Where there is no ministry of the Spirit in one’s life, there often is little control of the tongue. The Apostle James said, “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect [mature] man, and able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2). Thus, we can use our tongue to encourage and bless others or we can use our tongue to bring great harm to others. It is our relationship to God that makes the difference. If we have misused our tongue, we should acknowledge it and seek a closer walk with God.

 

First Baptist Church of Woodville

Dennis

A Word to the Wise

Dr. Walter Olsen

What is one of the greatest challenges we have in living the Christian life? There are many, but one that is a constant challenge for many is the use of the tongue. King David urged, “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” (Psa. 34:13). The writer of Proverbs said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). Indeed, the tongue is very powerful either for good or for evil. A careful and godly usage of the tongue is a matter of walking in the Spirit. Where there is no ministry of the Spirit in one’s life, there often is little control of the tongue. The Apostle James said, “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect [mature] man, and able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2). Thus, we can use our tongue to encourage and bless others or we can use our tongue to bring great harm to others. It is our relationship to God that makes the difference. If we have misused our tongue, we should acknowledge it and seek a closer walk with God.

 

First Baptist Church of Woodville

Dennis Tapp, Pastor 715-698-2624

Tapp, Pastor 715-698-2624