Our tongues can get us into more trouble! They cause damage not only when we gossip or get angry, they can even cause trouble when we talk about the things of God but do so in a way that distorts the truth. Today’s devotional explains. “Be careful little tongue what you say.” God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
“I am continually hearing, from converts and others, the expression, ‘I gave my heart to Christ,’ as a description of conversion. Now I do not find fault with that expression, for we must give our hearts to Christ; but very seriously let me say that I am afraid that that phrase will do much mischief unless it is well guarded and looked after. The gospel is not, ‘Give your hearts to Christ, and you shall be saved.’ The gospel is, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,’ ― that is, trust him, ‘and thou shalt be saved.’ When you do that, you will be sure to give him your heart by-and-by, if not at once. Salvation is not by your giving anything to Christ, but by Christ giving something to you. I am glad that you have given your heart to Christ; but have you learnt first this lesson, that he gave his heart for you? We do not find salvation by giving Christ anything. That is the fruit of it; but salvation comes by Christ giving us something ― something, did I say? ― by Christ giving us everything, by his giving us himself. I used to notice that a good deal of Sunday-school teaching to the children was, ‘Dear child, love Jesus.’ That is not the way of salvation. The way of salvation is to trust Jesus. The fruit of salvation is that the dear child does love Jesus; but that is not the way of salvation. The way of salvation is to take Christ, to trust Christ. When you are saved, the proof of it will be that you will give your heart to Christ; but do not let us turn things upside down lest, beginning with a little blunder, we should go on to some great error, and set up again the ruinous doctrine which once sank the world in darkness, the doctrine of an imaginary salvation by our own works.” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1892), p. 483-484]