The tamed tongue is not just about "not hurting people," it is also about honoring the very God who plucked the believer out of the pit through Jesus Christ. It is about recognizing the evil that the Devil wants to use our tongue for (James 3:8) and resisting his evil plan to use us against the body of Christ.
Knowing how the enemy works is knowing that as people grow closer together and begin sharing their lives with each other, the enemy is watching, ready to use these growing relationships to cause division. As believers, we must be ready for this and know what the tactic of the enemy is. We must commit to speaking life into everyone and not death. We must live to honor God and his Son with our words, thoughts and deeds. For if we choose not to, plainly put, we cross the line from supporting God's work to supporting the work of the enemy.
In the modern church, which many local assemblies total less that 100 on a given Sunday, it does not take long for the tongues of a few to tear down the work of the Holy Spirit. That is why I want to encourage everyone to repent of things they have said. Extend grace and forgiveness to those who have said things about them. And honor the Lord with a mission to seek the Lost and share Christ with them. That's the mission of the church and that's the life that should be flowing from our tongues.
Chester Proctor, Pastor
Smith Street Baptist Church, Vidalia, Georgia