Galatians 5:24-25 NLT - Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
Candor: The quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness. (BE TRUTHFUL)
Confidentiality: The state of keeping trust with private or restricted information. (BE TRUSTWORTHY)
James 3:2, 6 NLT - Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way… 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
What words have you spoken in the last 24 hours that you wish you could take back? If you could go back over the course of your entire life and crucify your tongue before you said something, what three instances leap to mind? What are your unhealthy speech patterns rather than just an isolated incident? If you were coaching yourself about how to prepare for those regrettable words, what would you tell yourself to do differently? What Scriptures would you use to appeal to yourself to crucify that tongue before it unleashed hellfire? How might you learn from the past to control your tongue in the present?
What lies have you told (or led others to believe) that need to be confessed and repented of? What respectful truth-telling have you avoided simply out of fear of rejection or conflict? Do you believe you need to crucify a lying tongue? A mean-spirited, sarcastic tongue? An angry tongue? A manipulative tongue? A grumbling and complaining tongue? An abusive or cruel tongue? How might your family answer?
Finally, in what areas do you want the Spirit of God to resurrect that crucified tongue into a life-giving instrument of love and health? A blessing tongue? A grateful tongue? A complimentary tongue? A worshipful tongue? A bold, truth-telling tongue? A kind tongue? A joyful tongue? A tongue that promotes forgiveness, reconciliation, and life?
Proverbs 18:21 MSG - Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
The tongues of God’s people will either poison the church or promote the health and growth of the church.
Ephesians 4:15-16 NLT - Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Ephesians 4:21-25 NLT - Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
Will you ask the Spirit of God to renew your thoughts and attitudes, crucifying an unruly tongue and transforming it into a life-giving instrument of blessing and honor? Will you then pray for all God’s people to experience the same grace?