I’m a Little Teapot
Have you ever sung the song “I’m a Little Teapot” with your children? It’s a fun one for young children because they enjoy doing the motions to them. Besides that, they’re just downright cute when they do their little songs!
Many times, we are like the teapot. We get all steamed up and we ‘tip’ over to the side of our flesh, quickly finding ourselves being ‘poured out’ in a very ungodly fashion. Our mouths spew forth some damaging words to those around us. Some of us may even fall into the habit of throwing things when we get all steamed up.
As I’ve watched America’s Funniest Home Videos, I’ve seen numerous clips of babies who have projectile vomiting. While we laugh at those video clips, it’s no laughing matter when the ‘projectile vomiting’ comes in the form of nasty words from our lips. Just as vomit has a very nasty stench to it, our words can be filled with just as much stench because they are filled with acid — words which ‘burn’ those who are around us.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 26:41 that we should watch and pray so that we won’t fall into temptation. Sometimes the temptation we face may be keeping our tongue from sinning. In I Timothy 4:16, we see that if we watch our life and doctrine closely, persevering in them, we will not only save ourselves, but also our hearers. Could it be that we could save our hearers from hearing some ungodly words spewing forth, if we carefully watch our lives and how we conduct ourselves when we are under pressure?
We can’t neglect the impact of doing daily devotions with the Lord. Psalm 119:11 tells us that we should hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him. I have found that the more I devour the Word, the more control I seem to have over my emotions. I’m still not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but at least I seem to have a better grip on my emotions, my words, my thoughts, and my actions — or should I say my ‘reactions’? God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Ps. 119:105) When we stay in that light, it’s harder to go down the darkened path because we see the light, and we follow it more closely.
Paul sheds some light for us in Romans 7:20 when he tells us that if we do what we don’t want to do, it is no longer us that is doing it, but SIN that is living IN us. In verses 24-25, he realizes what a wretched man of sin he is, wondering who is going to deliver him from this body of death. He quickly declares that it is Jesus Christ who delivers us! In Galatians 5:24, he admonishes us to realize that if we belong to Christ, we must crucify that awful sin nature with all of its passions and desires. The next verse admonishes us to keep in step with the Spirit.
It’s a good idea to let the Holy Spirit become a muzzle for our mouths. Psalm 39:1-2 tells us that we should watch our ways and keep our tongue from sinning. The key is letting the Holy Spirit be our helper in this area. After all, James makes it very clear that no man can tame the tongue. (Jas. 3:8) If we look at Luke 1:37, we find that with God ALL things are possible. You see, there IS hope for those of us who struggle in this area!
© 2004, Stacy R Miller