The tongue. Your tongue is made up of lots of groups of muscles which run in different directions, so that your tongue can move in lots of different directions, and cope with all its different jobs.Underneath your tongue is a soft, thin and smooth skin called mucous membrane (say mew-cus mem-brain). If you look under your friend’s tongue you will be able to see through the mucous membrane and see blood vessels. The tongue’s muscles need a lot of blood because they are working all of the time!At the back of your mouth are your tonsils.One is called the lingual tonsil (say ling-yu-all) and is at the back of your tongue.The other two tonsils are called palatine tonsils (say pal-a-tine). You can see them when you look down your throat – they are at each side.Tonsils help catch and destroy germs which try to get into your body. Sometimes there are too many germs, and the tonsils get swollen up. That’s when you get tonsillitis (say ton-sil-eye-tuss).Your tongue is fastened to the jaw bone (mandible) and to the front of your throat. Your tongue has about 3,000 – 10,000 taste buds on it! That is a lot of taste buds! Try this at home: dry your tongue off with a paper towel and put a jalapeno on your tongue, and guess what? You won’t be able to taste it! You can’t taste anything without saliva. Okay, so those were some interesting facts on the tongue, now lets see what the bible has to say about it.
It says in Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. That means if you say “kill me” or he’s going to die” or “i wish she would go away”. You better think again. Those things might actually come true. In the verse it says they shall eat the fruit thereof means they shall reap the consequences. So ask God to help you control your tongue. Read James 3:1-12 it says that they can put bits into a horse’s mouth and tame it, and the ships are controlled by a little helm, Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! No matter how hard you try you can’t tame your tongue. If you ask God to help you tame your tongue he will help you, but you have to do your part too. You have to think good thoughts and if you want to say something nasty… don’t say it, and ask God to help you if you feel mean or nasty words about to come out. I know it might be hard to do, you know if someone makes you mad and you want to yell at them. I have been there. But I asked God to help me not say anything bad. And he helped me! My mother and my grandmother always say “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all”. That is some good advice don’t you think? In Matthew 15:18 it says But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. And in Luke 6:45 it says 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. Here are some more verses about how what you speak is from your heart.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
But, if you use your tongue for good and glorify Jesus with it like telling others about Jesus, singing in choir, and there is many more ways too! It says in Psalm 37:30,31 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment… In Psalm 40:8-10 It states I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart… Psalm 71:15-18 My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all … If your heart has God’s law in it (Psalm 40:8-10) then you will speak God’s truth right? Because out of your mouth proceedeth what’s in your heart.
Remember ‘If you can’t say something nice don’t say nothing at all!”