The Digital Tongue

Have you ever been startled or saddened by a Facebook post or a comment on Twitter? The things family, friends, and strangers say can be so revealing.

A Latin writer from the century before Christ wrote, “Speech is the mirror of the soul.”

In the New Testament James writes, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water” (3:9–12).

What is inside of us, what we truly are in our character, is revealed by our words. James then goes on to speak of our need for godly wisdom.

Jesus said, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6:45). Jesus then goes on to about what it means to be wise.

Our words are a clear reflection of our inner character, the virtue of our minds. They reveal how far we are on the path to becoming Christ like people who reflect God’s wisdom. On this journey most of us have a long way to go.

Right before we push the “send” button, let’s ask ourselves if our message reflects the kind of people we ought to be. Be very careful, your digital tongue gives you away.