I Passed the Tongue Test...today!

James 3:5 (NLT)

5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.

If you ever want to know how far you have grown in your Christian walk, just pay attention to the words that come out of your mouth. Not just what you say, but how you say it and when you say it. Listen to see how often you obey Holy Spirit when He tells you to be quiet or when He gives you the right words to say, but you decide to choose your own.

For many, many, many, years in my Christian walk I simply could not pass the tongue test. No matter how hard I tried, I just had to have the last word or the best word or the funniest word or the most sarcastic word. It did not matter how it made the other person feel or how it made me look. It was just important that I had the last word. I guess I could blame this on my natural bent. My mom says for as long as I could talk, my having the last word was always a point of contention in our relationship. Being the old school disciplinarian that she was, I was more than familiar with the back

hand scolding across the lip . My classroom days were no different. Whether under my breath or spoken out loud, I just had to be heard. By the time I got married, at the tender age of 19, I was a force to be reckoned with. To this day, forty-four years later, there is not one conversation that my husband and I have had where he was able to out talk me. And I wore this distinction as a badge of honor. Little did I know the damage that it was doing until Holy Spirit began to do the talking. And trust me, He did not need to use a lot of words to make his point.

Our text says that our tongue is small thing that can say a lot. But whether we say one word or many, just one word (a tiny spark) can set a great