"Watching what we say" was sermon title last Sunday. I think this is the most powerful sermon I have ever heard that relates so closely to me.
James 3:9-10 (New International Version)
"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be."
I have said some things that I never have meant to say and I can NEVER take those things back. NEVER,,, I have forever hurt someone.
Pastor Barry gave a great analogy of of woman that had gossiped about another and then found out it was not true. She went to her Pastor to find out what she could do. He told her to go home and cut a feather pillow, take it outside and leave a trail of feathers. Then he told her to wait a week and come back and see him. So she did as he suggested and when she came back to see him she asked him "now what, I don't understand" He told her to go back and pick up every single feather that she dropped. She replied "well I could never possibly find every single one, some have blow away and others are gone" That was the lesson that she finally understood the evil of gossip.
What did I learn yesterday? What I was I reminded? And what am I going do about it?
I learned that the tongue is small but powerful, dangerous, inconsistent and it reveals the heart. I learned that the things to avoid are gossip, lying, crude talk and jokes, and taking the Lords name in vain.
Ephesians 5:4 (New International Version)
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Ephesians 4:29 (New International Version)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
To stay positive some good words to say are thank you, I am sorry, I love you, and I am praying for you.
I am working on thinking before I speak and not to say anything that is not kind. I am going to refrain and think about things before I speak. This is so hard for me because I am a “smart alec” . My goal is to have a pure heart.
Have a blessed week