Daily Gratitude Year 4- Day 200: Today, I am grateful for lessons in tongue control.
Tongue control is hard.
Knowing how he feels about the careless use of his name speaks to the intimacy of the relationship. The closeness is apparent.
Proverbs 18 is full of "tongue control" messages. In this day in age, if we had more tongue control...we might not be where we are with issues surrounding gun control. Let's look at Proverbs 18:
Don't be a "spirit crusher". Beating down and crushing the spirit of another human is serious business in God's eyes. It is why I hate negative campaign adds and part of why good people avoid leadership positions. It is why encouragers are desperately needed in our lives. Here is my favorite part:
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge. It gathers it. The wise heart seeks it out. Gather vs. seek. Confession...this is a struggle. I love to learn. I seriously enjoy learning and love to share it. I don't ever mean to treat knowledge as a means of being superior to another. I simply love to learn and pass it on. I need to remember that wisdom is better than knowledge and every person in my life has much to teach me. I need to speak less, pray more for wisdom and listen more.
How true. Forgiveness within our own walls is the most difficult at times. We still need to forgive and love our neighbors... all of them.
(Oh, dear...Earworm is awake and singing the children's song, "Red and yellow, black and white ALL are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.") Let us see more precious.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,"
Let's move to the New Testament. Words are powerful. Jesus reiterated what the God told Moses making it even more clear:
This is one of the most articulate scriptures in the Bible. It does not say "Good people go to heaven." It says we have to answer for our words... not by our intentions. Yikes! Accountability.
Today, I am grateful for lessons in tongue control. I need them frequently.