Have you ever said something and as soon as you said it wished you could take it back? I have a...um...friend who, quite unfortunately, has had plenty of times where he has said something and then realized it was awful. I...I mean 'he'... tried hard to mask it with a quick "just kidding" and he hoped that everyone laughed and never talked about how rude it was.
Man, that guy is awful.
We have all lived long enough now to know that controlling our tongue is vital and can have a lot of negative repercussions if we don't. Careless words:
- Dishonor God and therefore ruin intimacy with Him
- Dishonor others and ruin relationships with them
- Make people respect us less
- Discourage others from being vulnerable with us
- Parents using harsh words with kids can lead to very negative consequences later in life (increased counseling, lower self-esteem, etc.)
- A million other reasons
My friend has thought before, though, "That is just who I am."
Solomon says in Proverbs 26:18:
"Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”
Christians: we must restrain our tongue, remembering that God Almighty restrains Himself to lash out at us, because Christ has already paid our debt.
As bad as a careless word can damage a heart, a carefully-chosen, encouraging word can change a life and lift a spirit. Our words have the power to tear down or build up.
Who can you encourage today?
See you Sunday!
Want More Proverbs?
From the back cover:
"Christians have a lifelong goal: to become like Christ. This involves change, and change isn’t always easy. But the more you know of God’s purposes for you, the more you can experience His joy and participate in His plan. The LifeChange Series of Bible studies on books of the Bible can help you grow in Christlikeness through a life-changing encounter with God’s Word."
Click here to see on Amazon
More in News & Stories
November 7, 2019Pews to Chairs
September 4, 2019Bible Study Opportunities
July 18, 2019Rockland Family Camp - Registration and Waiver Forms