April 18, 2018
This chapter always reminds me of what the great prophet Rev. Chester Hensley said, "You are Master of the unspoken word and slave to the spoken". So many times have we said things we wish we hadn't.
It truly is self-control to hold your tongue. But we as humans are flawed. We must seek the Lord every day, all day, for the Holy Ghost to control that tiniest member of our bodies...the tongue.
Thank you, Jesus, for the Holy Ghost which takes over that most uncontrollable tongue to speak in a heavenly language and fill us with your Spirit, so we may seek that Godly wisdom which works all good things and brings total peace.
We should not even think we can control the tongue without the Lord! He is our help, our strength, our only hope to be all he desires and we can only Speak blessings and not cursings with the Power of the Holy Ghost! , precious Jesus let it be that you control our tongues to please you daily and show your great love!!!
We govern out bodies, as a bit controls a horse
1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
The truly wise are pure and peaceable, without jealousy or selfish ambitions
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
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Even though the tongue can obviously be a “deadly poison” I also believe the opposite is true. A word spoken in “due season” (just the right moment) to another person can change EVERYTHING. It can be like Jesus did many times when He would turn and say “don’t be afraid, just believe” which would suddenly change that persons paradigm. It can be the simplest of things as you are listening to another person and you say “I understand”. It can be a testimony that is the spark that lights a forest fire of faith all around you!
Something I need to pray about far more. Words can be the most hurtful things to another and at the same time one of the easiest things to justify. I will be praying more for restraint of tongue!
I have always been quick witted and able give those “one liner comebacks” that get a laugh. Sometime ago I began to realize that some of those were jokes at the expense of another person. I began to pray about it. I asked the Lord if what I say is not able to uplift and strengthen another person help me not let it out of my mouth (whether that person can hear it or not).
Thank you Sister Christie, the tongue the body, the rolling of the eyes even a sigh. We have to be so careful not to hurt one of God’s little ones. Lord please help me to always remember this chapter. I need to memorize this one! Bro Hensley wrote those words in my bible as a young girl and I cherish them.
You'er so right Sis Christie. Every word we speak just floats around to do one of two things. Help or hurt. I picked up a book at an airport a few years back named "30 days to Taming your tongue" by Deborah Smith Pegues. a short book about 120 pages. I thought, perfect, I can read this on my flight. Not so fast. Thirty days my foot. I can't get through a single paragraph without the conviction of the Holy Ghost. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! Amen Bro James!
Thank you Sis Christie for your blog! Yes, we are so privileged to have an apostle point out this snare so that we can pray and ask God to help us. It is so interesting, like SIs Christie pointed out, that God takes the most unruly part of us and uses it for His glory as a sign of the Holy Ghost. Thank you Jesus!!