“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
If only this was true!
As children many of us chanted this. Sometimes in play, and sometimes to keep from crying. Early in life we learned spoken words hurt, and sometimes more than we knew or cared to admit.
Words are the most powerful force you and I own. Yet, so many abuse or waste their power.
Spitting them out into the atmosphere with little or no forethought.
Unknowingly cursing themselves and others.
Making vows they have no intention of keeping.
Purposefully destroying relationships and novel ideas.
Thankfully, there are those who follow the wisdom described in James 3.
If a person never speaks hurtful words or shouts in anger or profanity. Then he has achieved perfection. The one who can control his tongue can also control the rest of his body.
It’s like when we place a metal bit into a horse’s mouth to ride it. We can control its entire body with the slightest movement of our hands.
Have you ever seen a massive ship sailing effortlessly across the water? Despite its immense size and the fact that it is propelled by mighty winds. A small rudder directs the ship in any direction the pilot chooses.
It’s just the same with our tongues! It’s a small muscle. Capable of marvelous undertakings.
And do you know how many forest fires begin with a single ember from a small campfire? The tongue is a blazing fire. Seeking to ignite an entire world of vices.
The tongue is unique among all parts of the body because it is capable of corrupting the whole body. If that were not enough. It ignites and consumes the course of creation with a fuel that originates in hell itself.
Humanity is capable of taming every bird and beast in existence, even reptiles and sea creatures great and small. But no man has ever demonstrated the ability to tame his own tongue! It is a spring of restless evil. Brimming with toxic poisons.
Ironically this same tongue can be both an instrument of blessing to our Lord and Father, and a weapon that hurls curses upon others who are created in God’s own image. One mouth streams forth both blessings and curses.
This is not how it should be.
Does a spring gush crystal clear freshwater, and moments later spurt out bitter salt water? Does a fig tree produce olives? Is there a grapevine capable of growing figs? Can salt water give way to freshwater? James 3:2-12
Yes, words are a creative force!
For those of you who think before you speak, THANK YOU!
THANK YOU for being a positive and creative force!
THANK YOU for emulating Almighty God!
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:1-3
Be a VOICE shouting into the wilderness.
“CHRIST is returning!”