From an Obsessive Optimist in the Eye of A Hurricane.

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Stick Out Your Tongue

on September 8, 2011

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me, may be true as long as the words are not your words. Your words , the words you speak every day, every word you speak every day, every single word you speak every day is important. Jesus says in Matthew 12:36 that every idle word will be judged. Every word!

Words create. Genesis 1:3 says light was created by God speaking. Proverbs 18:21, The Message says that our “ Words kill, words give life;  they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. ”  You have the power to create life or death with your words. This is your choice. Every word that you speak is either poison, creating destruction and death in large and small ways in your life – or – fruit, creating joy and life. In “The Message” Mathew 12:36 is paraphrased this way, A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

It is easy to identify reckless, harmful words, It is the careless words, that we feel are harmless and insignificant that trip us up. These idle, negative words poison our environment, creating seeds of destruction and death. When we say to someone we love, “You ALWAYS forget” or “I love you, BUT.” The “always”, the “but” are careless words that will eventually compromise our relationship with our loved one. In James 3:5 he says, “A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! “ The Message.

In the same passage James says it is easier to tame a horse to the bridle, than to tame our tongue, That does not mean it cannot be done. We all have seen many bridled horses. It just means that it requires intense and consistent effort on our part.

Peter says in 1 Peter 3:10 that for us to enjoy life all of our words should bless! What a thought, if every word we spoke was intentional and intended to bless the person we spoke it to. We began to consistently monitor our words with intense effort. We eliminated idle, careless words.

To recap

  • Proverbs says life and death are in the tongue.
  • Jesus says every idle word will be judged.
  • James says our words can accomplish or destroy anything.
  • Peter says to enjoy life all of our words should bless.

Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

   Whoever wants to embrace life
      and see the day fill up with good,
   Here’s what you do:
      Say nothing evil or hurtful;
   Snub evil and cultivate good;
      run after peace for all you’re worth.
   God looks on all this with approval,
      listening and responding well to what he’s asked; “

1 Peter 3:18-21” The Message

Today I would ask you to begin a 7 day experiment. For the next 7 days say nothing unless it will bless the person you are speaking to and the person you are speaking about. Eliminate all reckless and harmful speech. Eliminate all careless and idle speech. Pray over your words every morning, asking God to help you have productive speech that blesses. Pray over your words every night, ask God to forgive you for any idle, careless words and direct you to ask forgiveness from others, if necessary. See if the atmosphere every where you go does not change. At the end of 7 days, see if you do not want to continue to consistently and intensely train your speech to bless.

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4 responses to “Stick Out Your Tongue

  1. jelillie says:

    I will take this challenge! God has been speaking to me about this! Nice to have you back posting Cherry! 🙂 May God bless!

  2. Mary says:

    Beautiful I am convicted We can only do this n power of Holy spirit

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