Have you ever ridden a horse? Horses come with different personalities. My wife’s father once had a horse named Tony. He used Tony to round up the cattle on the farm. Once, I decided to take Tony for a ride. I climbed on and we headed away from the barn across the pasture. I really had to prod and urge Tony to go. You’d have thought he was a mule! Eventually, I got him well out into the pasture. Then, when we turned toward the barn, he bolted and ran as fast as he could. Tony really liked being in the barn! It was a good thing I hauled back on the reins and stopped him, or I might have gone straight into the barn with him!
This reminds me of the what James says in James 3:2-3, “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.” (NIV)
Here, James refers to our speech as if it were a bit in a horse’s mouth. It is small, but affects the entire animal. Likewise, our speech – whether verbal, written or posted online – seems to be a minor thing. But it has tremendous power. So, keep a tight rein on your speech!
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