2 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth,
But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.
3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
The book of James tells us that the tongue is untamable. He says that the tongue is an unruly evil filled with deadly poison and that the fire it sets comes from the fire of hell. Then James says that if one were to learn to control their tongue, they could control every other part of their body.
Every one of us has fallen prey to the fiery tongue of some else. We have all left conversations feeling utterly defeated and depressed by the words used against us. Unfortunately, every one of us have used our own tongues to hurt others, to bring them pain and depression. So, when Solomon speaks about the tongue, he is speaking about a relevant issue.
I have to notice here that Solomon does not refer to work, to success, to finances, or to any earthly substance when he speaks of eating well. He seems to mix his metaphors, but we all understand what he is saying. When we use our tongue to form words of encouragement, of compassion, of care, and of blessing, we eat well in that our lives are satisfied. Satisfaction does not come by what we eat physically for that satisfaction is short lived. When we eat well by the fruit of our mouth we find a lasting satisfaction both from our own words and from the words of those who then speak well to us.
In verse 3, Solomon again speaks of the tongue telling us that when we guard our mouths we preserve our very lives. I had a friend in high school who fought a lot. I came to realize that his fights always begun with feisty words. He did not know how to control what he said and he took personal offence to the words of others. Emotions would escalate and a fight would begin. To avoid the destruction of relationships, of families, of opportunities and more, we must learn to guard our mouth to preserve our lives.
For those who are local, join with us in prayer and discussion at 11:45 this morning. We are praying to give God glory, to praise Him for His wonderful work, to confess our own sins, and to pray for the needs of others.
Be in prayer for Sunday. Each week we gather around the Word of God to do the work of God in the local church. Pray for your pastor, the Sunday school teachers, the musicians, the technicians and for all who will attend the service that God will be exalted, that the Holy Spirit will open our eyes and understandings to God’s truth.
My parents are doing well. I talked with them this morning. They are at peace and are at my sister’s house. Thank you for your prayers for their well-being in transition.
I am speaking at Binus Christian School today at noon. Pray for the Lord to encourage the students through His word.
Have a great day in the Lord,