“You have heard that people were told in the past, ‘Do not commit murder; anyone who does will be brought to trial.’ But now I tell you: if you are angry with your brother you will be brought to trial, if you call your brother ‘You good-for-nothing!’ you will be brought before the Council, and if you call your brother a worthless fool you will be in danger of going to the fire of hell. Matthew 5:21-22
Unruly tongues are tongues that run wild without control and direction causing harm and trauma to anyone that it meets. People who call people fools and all sorts of demeaning, derogatory, evil names have unruly tongues and are not civilized. Politeness is synonymous with being civilized and wise.
Love is not rude. 1 Corinthians 13:5
In this Scripture Jesus is warning us against calling our fellow human beings fools. This Scripture actually demonstrates the holiness and love of God. God is not pleased with name-calling, mocking people, belittling people, cursing, demeaning people and disrespecting the honor of people. He created everyone special, regardless of our struggles and circumstance. It is unfair to call people names, insult peoples, mock them and demean them simply because we think that we will get away with it. Well, God is telling us that we will not only not get away with it, but it puts us in danger of going to hell.
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. James 3:2
Our tongues must be sanctified and holy because they were created for life and imparting grace to others. Our tongues were created for loving, encouraging, uplifting, edifying and honoring people. Our tongues were not created for hurting, harming and traumatizing people with all manner of offenses that originate from the tongue – slandering, backbiting, rudeness, ridiculing, gossiping, lying, mocking, name calling, cursing, insulting, flattering, boasting and so on. We should know that we should not do to others what we don’t want them to do to us.
May God help us to sanctify our tongues and keep them holy for His glory in Jesus name.