only help my unbelief

How we use our words
August 10, 2008, 5:00 am
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Every Sunday, I try to share something I didn’t write to encourage you as you celebrate the Lord’s day. I hope this selection from my pastor encourages you in your walk with the Lord and helps you focus on Him on the Sabbath, HIS day. If you ever have questions about God or how you can have a relationship with Him, please e-mail me. I’d love to talk to you.

The tongue is a single muscle connected on only one side. It is rich in blood vessels and when wounded, it heals quickly. A man’s tongue tends to the extremes: either good or bad, comfort or ill, blessings or curses.

How much power does your tongue possess? You are unable to assess the extent of the power of your tongue. Because you are born for eternity, no word of yours is insignificant (Mt. 12:36f.).

The history of mankind is littered with the damage occasioned by the tongue (Js. 3:5f.). The tongues of others corrupt much of a child’s innocence. He is taught naughty words and instructed in unrighteousness. Man’s tongue is quite influential; making and breaking men and nations.

Your tongue is your primary home and marketplace instrumentality. Regardless of the type of work you perform or your family’s ethos, your tongue serves as your advertiser, engager, equipper and explainer. It is your means of entry into lives; it is your communicator (Mt. 15:18f.).

Your tongue reveals the clothing of your thoughts. Though you may appear to the eye as a polished and charming person, your tongue is pregnant with evil. Therefore, for your own benefit you should “be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (Js. 1:19).

However, as you have become more crowded and congested in your cities, you are discovering that your temper has a shorter fuse. Patience is becoming less common. Your language reflects a loss of civility toward one another (Isa. 6:5). You are more likely to refuse to speak to passers-by or in the course of speaking, you address others more like enemies than brothers (Ps. 140:1,3).

John Trapp said, “Cursing men are cursed men.” Transformed tongues evidence transformed lives. A man who reverences truth need not deploy unbecoming words.

Perhaps you should initiate a verbal deculturation process whereby you tend toward speaking more godly words than worldly words. Reading Scripture and being in the presence of Christians who select their words purposefully and carefully will assist you in gracing your culture with words that will improve your society (Jer. 1:9). As you accumulate God’s terms for the people and circumstances that greet you, the power of your tongue will be a more influential facilitator of blessings and comfort.

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29).

Here is a great video that addresses how we use our words:


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