Posted by: TLC Fellowship | April 21, 2017

The Almighty Tongue!

(Psalms 141:3; Matthew 15:11; Proverbs 21:23; Ephesians 4:29…)

Some of us remember when someone called us out of our names our parents would say “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you”.  While it sounded good at the time, if we tell ourselves the truth, those words flung in our direction like a pointed arrow often hit its mark and baby, say what you will – those words hurt.  They were poisonous to our self-esteem.  And though we may have retaliated with our own hurtful words in response, the impact of hearing the venomous repertoire, was deep and often long lasting.

On the other hand, when words of encouragement, thanks, praise, etc., are heaped upon us our self-esteem is bolstered.  We feel good, we produce more, we often share our best selves with others and pass the good words on.  Proverbs 15:4 says: “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit”.

As we grow as children of God there is a need for us to grow and let go of those habits not befitting.   I cuss.  Yes, cuss – not curse.  Basically, they mean the same thing, but let me distinguish between the two according to my “isms”.  To curse someone is to wish evil upon them; to damn them.  But to cuss someone is to express anger and relieve the pressure on that last good nerve you have left.  Either way, you choose to define it, it is not befitting one of God’s children.

The point I am trying to make is simply to be kind with your words.  Even when you feel pushed to the point of losing it, try to respond with words that will not maim or destroy.  Some of us relish in knowing that if someone does something we don’t like we own an unpublished dictionary of expletives and other words that we can unleash with a fury.  But to what end?  Maybe you feel justified.  And maybe the person was cruising for that beat down.  Maybe, just maybe you were waiting for the opportunity to let them have it.

I’m guilty.  My claim to fame is that I never use my words to hurt someone that doesn’t deserve it.  Yet, when it is all said and done did I present myself in a fashion that would illuminate the Jesus in me?  Would my Pastor, church family, and others be surprised (probably not) at the words flowing from my tongue?  More importantly, does the negative, hurtful words please God?

Maybe this posting is just for me.  Maybe it is for us all.  Even if you don’t use expletives do you use harsh negative words when you are angered?  Do you feel the need to make sure folk know they can’t just walk all over you so you strike back using hurtful adjectives?  What if we tried something different?  What if when someone pushes your button you offer them a word of prayer instead of a blow striking response?  What if you asked God to let the words you use daily be edifying and uplifting?  I’m not saying be a doormat.  I’m just saying we may be able to bring those individuals who work our last nerves closer to a relationship with Christ if we change our vocabulary.

So let me start using edifying and uplifting words here on this page.  To all members of my church family, guests/visitors to this site – I love you.  Know that you are wonderfully and fearfully made.  You are wonderful, creative, special, kind, loving, and so much more.  I pray that God continues to bless you and work miracles in your lives.

PRAYER:  Lord, before I ask for anything I want to thank you for EVERYTHING!  My life, my family, friends are all a blessing that you have given unto me.  Thank you, Lord.  I also pray that you will touch each of us and guide our tongues.  Let our words be uplifting and kind.  Let our witness be sound.  Touch us gently when we find ourselves up against the wall and ready to use harsh words.  Help us to be ever cognizant of the words that flow from our tongues.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

 

 


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