A Wholesome Tongue a Tree of Life
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but
perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
When the tongue is guided by the Spirit of God
and by the words of Holy Scripture it may impart
truth and express and elicit thoughts which may be
salutary to those who
come under their influence.
Then it is as if a man, in hearing the words
spoken, did eat the
fruit of the tree of life in God's primitive
and undesolated garden.
I. WHAT TOPICS OF DISCOURSE WILL MAKE
OUR TONGUE A TREE OF LIFE?
1. It is no tree of life when it lies. God is a
God of truth, and if the tongue speaks
falsely it is an instrument of
2. It is no tree of life when it defames and
utters scandal, whether this proceed from
the thought of your own mind
or whether it be taken from a neighbour.
3. It is no tree of life when it blasphemes.
There are irreverent speeches respecting
God which are a shame and dishonour for
a man to utter, and which are painful and
injurious to the auditors.
4. It is no tree of life when it propagates
error; when it teaches and preaches false
5. It is no tree of life when the words are
vicious or unholy. If conversation is false,
irreverent, you grieve the Holy Spirit of God.
There are four great regions of
truth in which the tongue may do its duty to
man and glorify God;
so that, according to the metaphor of the text,
the tree may open its
ample branches, presenting fruit so luscious and
refreshing that all who pass
by may eat and regale themselves.
(1) It has liberty when it speaks of the
works of God in creation.
(2) The second great region is the providence
of God, or the government of God, in His
watchfulness over the affairs of men.
(3) Then there is the Word of God.
There is not a verse or sentence
from the beginning to the end which may not be the
subject of investigation and of discourse.
(4) A tongue may be wholesome when we
speak of things that are especially suitable
to the circumstances of the people whom
we are addressing, such as those who need
comfort and those who are exposed to temptation.
It may be added that the tongue is a tree of
life when it speaks of the world before us and
of the life to come.
II. THE TIMES AND SEASONS OF THE FRUITFULNESS
OF THE TONGUE AS A TREE OF LIFE.
1. In the sanctuary the tongue of a righteous
minister is a tree of life.
2. Our tongue may be a tree of life in our
families, at our morning and evening repast,
and daily, as we meet at table.
3. When we teach the young.
4. In our ordinary intercourse with one another.
Every sentiment we advance is a seed that
will go elsewhere.
5. And at the bedside of the sick and dying.
The tongue is a small member, but it boasteth
great things. It may be the instrument of great
evil or of amazing good.
The tongue of man is the pivot on which the
whole system of human society moves.
Then ask for wisdom, that the tongue may
Ask for a renewed mind, that there may be
sanctified speech. - James Stratten
When you Pray...
Dear Father, Your Spirit is at work in me mightily,
causing me to be more effective in my works of
righteousness! I am a tree of righteousness,
producing other trees of righteousness.
I am empowered to do things beyond the ordinary,
and I am accomplishing great feats by the Spirit,
and through the power of Your Word, to the glory
of the Name of Jesus, Hallelujah.
The glorious Gospel of the blessed God has been
committed to my trust, and I am diligent in
making it known to those in my world, and in the
regions beyond. My Passion for the Gospel is
constantly refueled and my enthusiasm undying!
Through me, many are coming to the knowledge
of Christ, and into their inheritance in Him, in
Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Your Words defeats human limitation!
The human body is a limitation of divinity.
Let me explain this to you.
When Jesus was tabernacled in human flesh,
there were things He couldn't do, because
He was in the human body, even though
He’s Himself God.
For example, He couldn't continue every day,
every hour, without getting tired;
He had to sleep. Once, He was in the boat, and fell
asleep, because He was tired.
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made;
and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth
How Jesus wanted to be free from that body,
through the Holy Ghost! That's what He got
for us, letting the Spirit
loose in us. He couldn’t even minister beyond
Israel, as much as He loved
the whole world; He was limited because
He was a Jew.
Even the Samaritan woman wouldn't want
to listen to Him.
She said, “How can you ask me for water!
You're a Jew and I'm a Samaritan; we have no
dealings with each other...” (Read John 4:9).
Think about the Romans; they would
have treated Him in like manner.
The limitation of the human body is the
limitation of divinity in you.
Jesus was the Word; yet, when
He was sleeping, the “Word” wasn't sleeping.
The only reason He had to sleep was
that the body was tired; the body needed rest. 7
So what does that mean?
It means that the essence
of the human spirit
—the human personality—is not the
because of the body's obvious limitation.
God, however, designed divinity to be released
through words! Words are illimitable,
because they go into the
realm of the spirit. You can speak from where
you are and have things
happen all over the world.
That's the power of words!
You can speak from your closet, and it will
have impact in Heaven.
How important your words are! When your
spirit is in sync with the Holy Spirit, your words
become spirit and life,
like the words of Jesus. So, when you have
a situation to deal with,
when you have changes to effect, meditate
on the Word; soak your spirit
in the Word until only the Word comes out
of your mouth!
Whenever I read FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS
(a book which contains stories of fellow believers
in history who had to willingly suffer terribly or
die grievously for the gospel of Jesus from the
apostolic age until this century), I always ask
myself what would I have done if I was in their
After thinking through this so much I have come
to conclude that no one can willingly die painfully
unless he has
a passionate conviction in his heart stronger
than the pain in his body
and more valuable than everything life on
earth can offer him.
It dawned on me that any pastor who focuses
too much on earthly and temporary well
being of life on earth in
his preaching is doing much harm to those
listening to him.
He will never be able to produce believers with
sterling faith stronger than
pain and more valuable than earthly pleasure.
It's shocking the number of believers today
who think the main reason of serving God is
long life and prosperity.
The focus of many sermons today is always
around 'Financial breakthrough',
'Deliverance from follow-follow spirit',
'Your marriage is this
Many see God like He exists to make them happy.
That's not the faith that was delivered to us.
Those things are good and fine but pastors
must also teach believers to treat earthly
things very lightly because
what we have in Christ is spiritual in nature
and eternal in value.
LOSE THAT SELF
To think that God allowed trouble to happen
to another person because they didn't agree
with you or didn't do
something you wanted them to do, borders
on having a mindset of witchcraft.
You are not the center of the universe and
God is sovereign and loves
all, He is not anyone's personal enforcer.
When people don't know the true nature of
God, vain imagination takes over.
Leadership can be lonely. It is largely about
seeing the future before anyone else does
and acting upon the yet unseen to make it a reality.
Noah built an ark by being warned about
things which were yet to come.
God sends warning signals about an emerging
new order, a world to come which is totally
different from today's reality.
In leadership you must predict the unintended
consequence of any decision you make.
If the choice you make today shapes out
into negative events 10years down the line
you cannot make the excuse
that this is not what I intended to happen.
Worst events have emerged from decisions
made with good intentions but void of wisdom.
As they say the road
to hell is paved with good intentions.
Leadership requires sincerity
but to that you add wisdom.
Every decision in leadership is a seed and
it is better to appear wrong today than in
10 years. - Poju Oyemade