Do you know how much your tongue weighs, and why should you care? The reason is simple. Your destiny depends on your tongue. How? You may ask.
The Bible says. ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue…’ (Prov. 18:21).(KJV) and
‘By your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.’(Matt. 12:37)(KJV)
Death and life represent the two extremes of human experience. And surprisingly, the determinant is the tongue.
Here’s some related information about the tongue.
The average tongue weighs 70 gm (male) and 60 gm (female.); that’s about 1/6 lb. (Why the female tongue weighs less than the male’s is a story for another day!) So, a 150 lb. or even a 300 lb. adult has a tongue that weighs just one sixth of a pound. That’s a ratio of 1:900 for the 150 lb. adult and 1:1800 for the 300 pounder. In other words, the tongue controls something that is 900-1800 times its own weight. The tongue can therefore be rightly called the governor of the man.
The apostle James rightly points out the ratio of the controller to the controlled in James 3:3-4. He used the tiny bits used to control the horse and the helm used to control ships as examples. Modern technology has not dispensed with this trend either. Airplanes, ocean liners, rocket-propelled engines and missiles are still controlled by devices that are just a minuscule proportion of what they control.
Similarly, destinies are built and destroyed by the tongue, and the scripture is full of examples. Joshua and Caleb enhanced their destinies by their courageous words. David’s destiny was enhanced when he tongue-lashed Goliath to death in defense of the Lord’s army. Blind Bartimeaus, by his tongue attracted Jesus’ attention and received his sight. On the other hand, Nebuchadnezzar spoke himself into the animal kingdom and lived among animals for seven years while Herod boasted himself to death with his tongue, and was suddenly eaten up by worms.
Did you notice that on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Ghost came in ‘cloven tongue as of fire’? This speaks to the power of the tongue, like James, comparing it with fire. Imagine what Peter’s speech accomplished. One speech and 3,000 souls saved with no microphone or public address system in place!
Let’s conclude with these two references about the power of the tongue; repeated for emphasis obviously.
‘If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.’ 1 Peter 3:10 (NLT) and
‘Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!’ Psalm 34:12-13 (NLT)
This is the Bible yardstick for judging your tongue. Ask yourself; ‘Does what I am about to say meet the Bible yardstick? If you will do this before saying anything weighty, you will save your own life.