When it comes to how vocal, my two little dogs are of opposite extremes. Coco is yappy. He is always barking, winning or making some sort of noise. He is very rarely quiet. He has some voice to him. I have had to work on training him to be quiet. It takes a bark collar to get him to shut up. Now you do not even have to put the collar on him. All you have to do is show it to him and he shuts up fast. Now Itsy on the other had was almost a year old before she ever made a single noise. She was a bit developmentally delayed because she did not bark until almost a year old. She is a quiet dog but I call her my rooster because she randomly howls out of the middle of no where. She makes few noises but when she howls all heads turn and look at her because it makes a statement. For such a small dog her howl is impressive. Similarly she sometimes gets a bit agitated and then she goes off growling, barking and howling until the thing agitating her is removed. She is a very interesting dog.
When it comes to us humans we are very much like my dogs. Some of us are talkers and we let our tongue go wild. Much like my dog Coco. We have to ability to speak truth and life but we also have the ability to speak all kinds of unholiness and unrighteousness. Our voice, tongue and words can get us into a whole world of trouble. But similarly we sometimes need a safe place to just let it all out. Otherwise we may let it all out in places that we should be taming our tongue.
When we are confronted with something that causes an emotional response within us it is very much like with my little dog Itsy. This agitation can cause us to go all haywire and our tongue may get us into a world of trouble. When something is agitating us it is easy to fall into a pattern of cursing or speaking negativity over people rather than speaking blessing. We are to be blessing others rather than cursing. This is sometimes challenging when we are agitated or uncomfortable. But our own discomfort does not justify our unrighteous words.
We through God’s strength have to learn how to go to him in prayer to calm our agitation and thus calm our tongue. Similarly I would say if something is causing you agitation and causing your tongue to go crazy maybe you need to make sure it is a safe place for you to be letting everything out and it not flee. For we should be fleeing from temptation.
We all have to work on taming our tongue. I myself am very much like my dog Itsy. I am quiet, a person of few words who tends to keep things to myself for the most part. But I am also easily agitated and when agitated my tongue goes wild. I have had to learn to have grace for myself for God has grace for my crazy tongue. But similarly I have had to learn how to find safe places for me to vent for my own emotional well-being without bringing harm to others. Similarly I have had to learn at the end of the day despite my agitation I through God’s strength have to learn how to bless and not curse others. Even those that have hurt or harmed me in some way. For it is through our tongue we speak life or death into others. Amen.
“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” James 3:3-12