Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Taming the Tongue Day 86

Good morning to each of you. We are in the book of James today and I have to say that this book is one of the more practical ones in the Canon.

Remember the little ditty we sang as kids called “Oh Be Careful Little tongue?” I have always loved the truth in that silly little song. Over and over again we are warned to be careful. It is so easy to say things that we will later regret.

The old adage, “sticks and stones will break my bones and names will never hurt me” is not true. Words said in anger feel like a hot iron on the skin. I am certain you remember something you were told as a child that you will never forget. It was something probably painful.

Listen to what James says about the tongue;

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

James 3:5-10 (ESV)

I would like to encourage you and me to stop and listen before we speak. God gave us one tongue and 2 ears for a reason.

Till tomorrow

Jill

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up"

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