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You know what the most powerful muscle in the human body is? Is it the brain which is capable of processing all the information given to us an any given moment, and being able to formulate a cohesive thought of our own as a result? Nope. Is it our shoulders, some seemingly carrying the entire weight of the world upon them at any given moment? No, not the shoulders. What about the back muscle? Surely the back, capable of lifting strong loads, easing the burdens of others, is the most powerful? It’s certainly one of the largest. We even say, “Put your back into it”, when we want someone to move something heavy. Or if we overdo it we “threw our back out”. Of course any sensible person knows that your legs are the most powerful muscle, right. When you life, you use your legs, not your back. Well, you’d be wrong again if you guessed legs. How about heart? We talk about how a team “played their heart out”, when they gave it their all, or how someone’s smile “melts your heart”. Well, it isn’t the heart either.

The most powerful muscle in the human body is actually the tongue. The tongue is indeed the most powerful muscle in the body for it is capable of great things. Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are ….sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Isn’t it wonderful when those words of encouragement come at just the moment we need them – a phone call from a friend or family member, an unexpected note of gratitude in the mail for a deed long ago forgotten, an invitation to lunch, an offer of help at the most opportune time, All offers of encouragement made through the words of our mouth.

The Scriptures give another example of the power of the tongue, and that’s in the book of James 3:5-6. James speaks of the great exploits of the tongue – how a forest is set ablaze by the smallest fire, and the tongue is that fire. In other words – the damage the tongue can do. I’ve seen my children reduced to unconsolable tears at the end of a school day because of the thoughtless words of another child. As a pastor, I’ve seen the damage words can do to marriages and families.I’ve seen the harmful results of gossip as it spread through a small town community.  And now, during this political season, words are used more as a weapon against the opposition, instead of as a platform of purpose and planning for the future.

So how can I best use my tongue as the powerful muscle it was intended to be? Psalm 34:1-3 gives me an insight: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.”  If His Word is continually in our mouth, it leaves room for little else. May His Word fill your heart, your mind, and most of all your mouth this day, and may you sing His praises for all to hear!


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