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A Sensitive Tongue


 "But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? - James 3: 8-11


I am reminded of a time when I was a young girl about 10 yrs old.  My younger sister was about 8.  We were babysitting our nephew who was about 2 yrs old, and decided to give him some freshly squeezed juice from a lemon to see what he would do.  He made the grimmest expression and we fell down in delightful laughter.  We later felt a little bad about it…. Not too bad though. 


As I’ve grown older over the years, I find that my tongue seems to be more sensitive to different flavors and especially sensitive to acids such as that from pineapples.  I have to take care that I don’t eat too many pineapples or my tongue will suffer pain.  


Additionally, when it comes to sensitivity of the tongue, the book of James is a great reference for me.  James states that the tongue is “a little member and boasts great things”.  With it we bless God and curse men.  Just as we are careful about what is sensitive to our tongue to eat, we must also be careful of what Is sensitive for our tongue to say.   May God’s grace continue to help us to tame our tongues.


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