Many of you may have seen this quote on Facebook:
"The tongue has no bones but it can break hearts."
I thought this was a great statement and helps remind us to be careful what we say. It is so easy to let our brains slip out of gear while engaging our tongues. A tongue, without cerebral guidance, is a vehicle out of control. Someone is most likely to get hurt.
The scriptures have many warnings about "bridling the tongue". David said in Psalms 39:1, he would guard his ways and muzzle his mouth to keep his tongue from causing him to sin. James says that we are deceiving ourselves without bridling our tongues. [James 1:26].
But the tongue really takes a "lashing" in the third chapter of James' epistle... "no one can contain it"; the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; "it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison"; blessing and cursing flow from it, etc. This scares me to death! I know how much, and often, my mouth gets me into trouble. God promises to forgive me but those I hurt may never do so.
Once it is out of your mouth it's never coming back.
So, I continually pray for forgiveness to those my tongue has hurt and petition God Almighty to help me to "bridle my tongue"... because my "tongue has no bones but it can break hearts". We should have the faith to know that God can do anything - even fix our tongues. James 4:10..."humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up."