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“Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires” (James 3:4).

These examples show us the magnitude of what our tongues can do.  One of the biggest problems in the church, that is the local fellowship, are wagging tongues.  People do not realize how a little poison does much damage.  We would rather be nice and see the fellowship harmed than to confront the careless one who sows harm through false words.  But as for you, will you be one who’s tongue is bridled?

Lord, You know those who operate sinfully in the church with impunity.  May it never be me who does this.  Guide me to remain silent when an opportunity arises to say something that is better left unsaid.  Help me learn how to guard my speech.  The thoughts will come, but that does not mean I have to act upon them.  Help me walk the path You set before me and cause no other to waver in their course.

Lord Jesus, every word You spoke has meaning and purpose.  They all point to what You have done for us in order that we may be with You forever.  Guide me Lord Jesus in the upward way.  Lead me according to Your purpose to see through the haze of this life and have the hope You give by grace through faith.  Guide me today and every day to be on course in the direction You would have me go.  Amen.