How easy it is to say stuff that we regret. In the heat of the moment, it is so easy to open our mouths and hurt others. How often have people counseled, “God gave you two ears and one mouth so that you listen twice before you speak.” Or, “Think before you open your mouth.”
Lest you think this is a new phenomenon, James records that which the Spirit has inspired Him to write some 2000 years ago, saying. Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
God=s messenger, the pastor, takes the very flesh of the sacrifice and places it into our mouths. He pours from the cup into our lips, the very blood of the Lamb. He proclaims, take eat, the body of Christ – take drink, the blood of Christ – shed for you for the forgiveness of sin.