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Read Your Word This Morning? The Tongue is a Dangerous Member of the Body!

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 10, 2017

read-your-wordLike Momma Said . . . “Watch Yo’ Mouth”

 

I know many of you have heard your mother say this time and time again so I’m not preaching to the choir. Growing up, no matter where you lived, we all have said things that we shouldn’t have said but they came out anyway. We were young and immature so that was our temporary “free pass” until we got old enough to know the difference. Now, as young and mature adults, we oftentimes hear the same thing, except it’s coming from our spouses and others not our mothers. But why are we still saying the things we are saying? Don’t we understand that our words can bring or speak life and/or death over those we speak them to. I’m reading in God’s Word in the Book of James where he talks about how dangerous the tongue (Chapter 3), the words that we speak can be so very dangerous. Where did we get such vocabulary? Was it our home life and the way we were brought up? Was it the way our parents spoke in our home? Was it our environment we grew up in? Or was it how people related to one another no matter where we were-at work, at school, in the military, or at church? I know that last one caught some of you off guard but it’s so true. Some of the most critical people I’ve ever been around belong in the church because in all actuality they are probably still hurting from the wounds they have suffered by the way people have spoken into and over their lives. Real talk ya’ll! If we really took some time out and heard some of the things we say on a daily basis, we’d discover and ask ourselves . . . “Did I actually say that? . . . Why would I say something like that? . . . I didn’t mean to say that to him or her!” Yep, that’s about right! But it’s not so much as to why I said what I said, whether we meant or not, it’s about what’s inside of you that made you say what you said. Oftentimes we get caught up saying so much and talking about nothing. We do it so often that we don’t even realize it. Then when someone says something to us that may offend us then we go right into verbal assault mode, and continue on until someone says something that cut’s you like a knife. When does it stop? Where does it end? I believe we should stop and take a serious look at what’s in our hearts. Just like a tree that yields good fruit, it’s connected by its roots into good soil to produce good fruit. Likewise, if we are not connected to solid foundation we will welcome anything and everything to come in and shape our character, our thoughts and mindset. It’s not like we wake up every morning and decide how we are going to verbally assault someone. God says in His Word exactly why our tongue can be out of control, and I’ll leave it right here from His Word . . . .

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”   –  Matthew 12:34-37

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