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FEBRUARY 20

 

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue. . . this man’s religion is vain—Jas. 1:26.

 

Because the tongue is the index of the heart, because “out of the fulness of the heart the mouth speaketh,” therefore the unbridled tongue, speaking selfishly, enviously, bitterly, boastfully, slanderously, proves that the heart from whose fulness these overflow is unsanctified unholy, grievously lacking of the spirit of Christ; hence, whatever religion it may have attained is thus far vain, as that heart is not saved, nor in a salvable condition. But the Good Physician has pointed out antidotes for soul-poisoning—medicines which, if properly taken according to directions, will sweeten the bitter heart.

 

 

Parallel passages:

Jas. 3:1-12; Psa. 18: 21;12: 3; 34: 13; 39: 1; 140: 3; Prov. 16: 27; Matt. 15: 18, 19; Acts 5: 3;  2. Tim. 2: 23-25; Matt. 6:5-9; 23:14-22,27; Eccles. 5:2;  Jas. 1:27.