What’s the number one part of my body I needed to control? My tongue

I feel as though I was the poster boy for losing my temper, gossiping, whiny, impulsive (not in a good way), and foul language.  I was, in a sense, disgusting.  In addition, I made sure people knew where they stood with me.  If I thought they were a moron, I called them a moron.

The following verses are just four that showed me that I needed to get my act together.

Proverbs 14:3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.  

Proverbs 21:23 Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.

James 1:26  If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

Proverbs 25:23 As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!

I refer back to these verses, and others, often.  I was a king of insulting people and perpetuating rumors.  I needed to change…dramatically.  I read Proverbs just out of curiosity.  Once I started, however, I couldn’t stop.  Proverbs is very blunt and very direct on how to be a follower of Christ.  I needed that.  It was like smacking myself up along side of my head with a 2×4.  It got my attention.

I’m happy to say that my prayers were answered.  God showed me the way to be the kind of man I wanted to be.  I constantly speak of how much I enjoy life and how happy I am.  With God’s grace, I conquered the guy in the mirror.

God Bless you all!