Thursday, February 9, 2012
Your tongue is in a battle
I woke up this morning talking to the Lord as usual. No, I am not bragging. I always have something to say and so my day usually begins with talking to my Lord. 'I love you Lord' should be the first words out of everyone's mouth or thought as they emerge from a sleeping state to a waking state.
After that, we should begin to thank him for little things. Waking up would be a good start. My favorite time of day is morning so I am always thankful for quiet times. The coffee maker worked so that goes on the list.
As I sit nestled in my favorite comfy chair I thank him for it. I go through my twitter and facebook pages to see if there is any prayer needed. I always find things.
One subject popped out at me. The battle of the tongue. I am always amazed when I read how folks are proud to be part of a particular church and sing in the choir, yet write swear words on the internet. Or, they profess to be a Christian and live like hell.
James 1:26 'If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.'
It just doesn't get any plainer than that. Yet, the bible speaks of the tongue many times. In fact, James goes on in chapter 3 speaking of taming the tongue. Verse 9 'With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's image. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers , this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from he same spring?'
Life is filled with choices. We choose what we speak as well. Our choice of words is important. So also is the way we listen to the word of God. Jesus didn't speak for something to do. His word was life. It brings healing and peace, joy and more. If we are to be like Jesus our words must take the shape of what He spoke.
After all, you who say you are a Christian...should not your words sound like Christ's?