Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Power of the Tongue (Part 2)

My Tongue Can Destroy What I have (James 3:5-6). Just like fire can destroy all that we have careless words can destroy all that we have. When the tongue is out of control they can be one of the most destructive forces. How many marriages have been ruin because of hard critical words? How many kids have been scared because of hurtful sarcastic words? How many churches have been divided because of gossip and back biting? Ephesians 4:29 says "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers." Proverbs 12:18 says, "Reckless words are like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health." James is telling us that if we don't guard our tongues they can destroy what we have. 

What is the challenge for the tongue that is out of control ? What is the challenge for the tongue that is critical and negative, tearing down and not building up? The Bible tells us to bless and not curse! Cursing is not cussing! Curse means to speak against others, it is to speak in a way the we tear down another person. To make them look bad in the eyes of others. Cursing is to speak negative, critical, sarcastic words. Blessing is to speak well of someone, to make whole, to build them up, to plant seeds of encouragement, affirmation and hope in the lives of those around us. James 3:9-10 says, "With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." 

Reckless words can destroy what we have. Careless words can destroy those around us! Who can we bless today. Start with your spouse, your children. Proverbs 15:4 "A tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, But a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit." What do we want to do bring life or crush others? How can this change our relationships in our family and in our assemblies. Proverbs 16:24 "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones." 1 Peter 3:8-9 says, " Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing." The Lord wants us to bless one another, even those we don't get along. Since our words our like seeds we want to sow seeds that will bring a good harvest! But how do we do this? Psalm 141:3 is a big help and this needs to be our prayer, "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips." Psalm 19:14 goes along with this, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer." 

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