Biting Down Hard on the Bit
If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. (James 3:3-5 ESV)
Have you ever been with a friend or a group and found yourself biting your tongue so hard tears formed in the sides of your eyes?
There are times when our friends are making choices or saying things and we just know – for whatever reason – that we are not meant to say anything at that time. Perhaps they are just not ready to hear the truth, or the Holy Spirit is telling us to wait. To hold off.
Or, maybe we sense that we would be a hypocrite to address the speck in their eye since the board in our own is so big we couldn’t lean in to pray over them without knocking them out cold. Wouldn’t that be embarrassing . . . to impale someone in the forehead with a log from our eye as we were attempting to help them with a sliver . . .?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. (Matthew 7:5 ESV)
I’m thankful that the Lord gave us this story to keep us from doing stupid things. And, like I’ve seen horses do often, I have bitten down on the ‘bit’ in my mouth begging the Lord to steer me clear away from judgmental, hurtful words.
Lord, forgive us for so often seeing the sin in others’ lives without taking notice of the sin in ourselves. Bridle our tongues in submission to your love that we would reach out to others in true, humble servanthood and clear-headed prayer. Amen
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