Bridle Tongue


James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

Oh that little tongue, how much trouble does it cause. When we look back at so many examples in the scriptures of scenarios where someone said something that created a problem; amplified by our own life examples.

Every Sunday school teacher can draw from their own experiences… but it is important to understand the Biblical examples of bridling the tongue or simply keeping our mouth shut. The internet, social media, gossip, the list goes on with examples of such a little member that can destroy lives. 

My daddy used to say: If you’re not part of the problem, or part of the solution; it’s gossip to talk about it.

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

Psalms 39:1a  I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue:…

Proverbs 21:23  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Psalms 34:13  Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.