The Most Powerful Muscle

There is a debate about which muscle in the human body is the strongest.  Some say the jaw muscle and some say the gluteus maximus (rear end).   Others say, relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

I don't know the real answer to that question, but I do know that the tongue is VERY powerful!  The Bible says that "Life and death are in the power of the tongue."  (Proverbs 18:21)  The New Living Version puts it this way:   "The tongue can bring death or life."

This isn't exactly a popular subject for us WOMEN!  LOL!  When the subject of "taming the tongue" is brought up, there is an awkward silence and sometimes even some squirming!  You know that squirm.  It's similar to the one that happens when "submission" is mentioned!

Take a look at these ladies.  Which one do you have more in common with?  Which one do you have a tendency to be drawn towards?

Chatty Kathy

Proverbs 10:8
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.


Uplifting Eula

Proverbs 31:26
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.


Opinionated Oprah

Proverbs 18:2
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions. 


Careful Carrol

Proverbs 17:27
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. 


Flattering Felicia

Proverbs 28:23
He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.


Instructing Ingrid

Proverbs 16:23
A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.


Gossiping Gail

Proverbs 20:19
A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.


Healing Helen
Proverbs 15:4
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life

These are some humorous examples but it is a serious subject.  Taming the tongue and watching my words closely is something that I have to continuously work on!   I choose to be like Eula, Carrol, Ingrid, and Helen! 

1 comment:

Beautiful Mess said...

Just talking about this this morning with my kids!

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