Do you have a permit for the right to carry a concealed weapon? If not, you may need to get one. We can carry a concealed weapon all the time…our tongue.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat of its fruit.”
We will bring life or death with our tongue. Period…… No excuses, no justification, nothing…end of discussion.
What are you doing? Life or death?
That co-worker that just really gets under your skin? What is said to his/her face or behind the back?
That neighbor that just won’t keep the yard as nice as yours? What is said to the other neighbors?
That family member that has been labeled “the black sheep” of the family? What are you saying to other family members?
Your pastor that isn’t doing things the way you may think they need to be done?
The boss that just makes all the decisions and doesn’t ask anyone else?
That customer that comes in every single day in a foul mood?
James 3 speaks of the tongue. It is a little part of the body, but does the most damage. It may be an ember but it creates a forest fire. vs. 6 explains that it defiles the whole body…your body as well as the body of Christ. vs 8 says it is full of deadly poison. We bless our Father, our God, then we turn and curse other men/women…who have been made in the likeness of God. God created us like Him…so when we curse others, we are cursing Him. You can’t do both, blessings and curses. You must choose. A fig tree doesn’t bear figs and olives, a spring doesn’t bring forth fresh and bitter water. It can’t do both, neither can we.
Many of us say we want to glorify God in all we do. That isn’t just walking around with a smile on our face saying, “Praise you Jesus”. When we are eating dinner with friends, hanging out with others, our words should be glorifying God. When that customer comes in and is grumpy, find a way to bless them. We have no idea what they are dealing with. Show them Jesus, not turn around to your co-workers and blast them with your words. That family member that is the “black sheep”, love them…as hard as it is. Just a kind word could show them the love of God. Your pastor….touchy subject….did God put you in charge, or him? If he is not in outright sin, but you think he should be doing things differently, take it to God. Let God handle it. God placed him in that position, not you, so let God give the direction to him. After all, God knows best. Don’t go around to other church members gossiping about what you think needs to be done. That creates the wild-fire. What do fires bring…complete damage, destruction. We don’t want to be guilty of starting a fire. In our country people go to prison for starting fires and murdering. We will be judged for creating fires in the spiritual realm as well. We will also be judged for murder. Murder is death, and Prov. 18:21 cannot get any more clear. We have a choice to make.
Proverbs 10:18 says, “Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.”
We can’t lie about what is in our hearts. It will come out…through that little part of our body that can create life or death, and it comes out through slander. (whispering, defamation, unfavorably saying, evil report). I do not want to be a fool, a murderer, a fire-starter, do you?