Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Hold Your Tongue!

The Scriptures this week give us some serious food for thought about whether we ought to be so casual about saying the destructive and demeaning things we say about others.

We would do better to hold our tongues because:

1) We will never hear and heed the truth as long as we're running our mouth; to listen properly you have to be silent! (Prov. 1:22-23, 33)

2) Our words ought to be "blessing" rather than "cursing" (James 3:10, Ps. 19:1)

3) We cannot both "bless God" and "curse" one who is created in God's image (James 3:9)

4) With our words we can literally destroy our whole lives and the lives of those around us. Once unleashed, harmful words are like a spark that ignites a fire and consumes a whole forest (James 3:5-6).

All good reasons to "hold your tongue" rather than unleashing the lethal words we are so accustomed to using against each other. IMHO. More to come . . .

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