Lesson 6 - The Tongue


Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

We are told to speak the truth to each other because lying causes death to transpire between two individuals. Remember, there is power in the tongue and words can cause harm. The following scriptural examples show us the positive and the negative. (Proverbs 18:21; 15:23; 16:24; James 3:6)

James 3:8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Proverbs 12:18
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.

We are told that we are one body and that we all have an effect on one another. When our body parts lie to each other, they can be identified as cancer, and they become cancerous. Cancer hides in all of us, and what makes it active is unknown. What makes cancer so dangerous is the fact that none of our other body cells can identify it to fight against it. Our immune system is defenseless against it. Cancer goes undetected, and it camouflages itself until it invades a healthy cell. It then destroys healthy life. The newly infected cell then turns to another healthy cell, then invades and infects it.

Another example would be the brain; it must have truth in the signals it sends and receives. It must send truthful signals to the different body parts. If it doesn’t—it convulses, spasms, or has seizures.

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

Lastly, we see the father and author of lies. We used to be under his control as a slave and without choice. He manipulated, ruled, and governed us. Now, we have been delivered and set free and have freedom to choose whom we will serve—the flesh or the Spirit.