Call me quirky. I have always loved the works of William Shakespeare. In his comedy, The Taming Of The Shrew, Shakespeare uses Petruchio to turn Katharina from an aggressive shrew to a submissive wife. Not exactly done through godly means, but he did accomplish what he set out to do.
As Christian women, we are instructed by God’s word to be submissive to our husbands. Ephesians 5:22 tells us, “wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”
Not exactly the kind of wife Katharina started out being. She had a most wicked tongue.
Taming the tongue is one of the most difficult tasks known to man. James 3:2-10 is one of my favorite passages on the subject matter. God does not tiptoe around how He feels about our tongue and our words. Therefore, today I’d prefer to tame my tongue and let His words speak to us all instead of my own. I know you get it. 🙂
2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”
“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” Colossians 3:8
“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
Love and laughter,