the tongue

Today has been a good day. Lots of opportunities for learning. Mostly learning about the tongue. I have as much to learn about this as my children do. We can injure each other when our hearts have been hurt. We can joke with each other sarcastically and wound each other. We can be way too quick with our tongues.

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

When I truly understand that I have something in my possession that is so powerful it scares me. That the words that flow off my tongue has the power of life and death, wow. Do I spend time thinking about the words I want to say before I say them? Am I careful with those words? After studying out Job and how the words seemed right but they were so wrong…I made the decision that my tongue needs to be controlled by Christ so that everything I say can be beneficial to those around me and to myself.

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t need to be a doormat and keep quiet. Those who know me know that I couldn’t keep an opinion to myself nor can I let a wrong intentionally be allowed. I also don’t want to walk around being a superficial flatterer. But to be beneficial means I need to speak in love whether that is in flattery, building up those around me, or speaking the truth. It must all be done after Christ has filtered my words.