DayBreaks for 11/27/12 – Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say
James 3:10-12 (NLT)- And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.
IRS agents, investigating tax-fraud suspect Rashia Wilson, 26, turned up “thousands” of identification numbers in a September home search in Tampa. Wilson had already laid down a challenge in May, when she wrote on Facebook: “I’m Rashia, the queen of IRS tax fraud. [I’m] a millionaire for the record. So if you think that indicting me will be easy, it won’t. I promise you. I won’t do no time, dumb [expletive unpublished].” The search also turned up a handgun, and since Wilson is a convicted felon (with 40 arrests), she was jailed, and denied bail in part because of the Facebook post. [Tampa Bay Times, 9-22-2012]
If you are like me, you grew up going to Sunday school and learning Sunday school songs. I remember one (vaguely) that featured various of the senses and other activities intended to encourage us to proper behavior as to how we use those senses. It went something like this: “Oh, be careful little eyes what you see. Oh be careful little eyes, what you see! For the Father up above, is looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see!” It then proceeded to move through other activities: hearing, touch, speech, etc.
It seems that Rashia Wilson never learned the part about being careful what you say. I think she also had a problem in that she seems to have a very high opinion of herself and how “smart” she is.
James chapter 3 is full of wise counsel for us on how we use our tongue/speech. He describes it as an unruly evil. Just listen to the speech around you today and during the last election cycle.
James says the tongue is like a bridle in a horse’s mouth, or the rudder on a great ship. Just a little bit of pressure one way or another and an entire trajectory changes – for good or evil.
He also says it’s like a spark that can ignite an entire forest. Fires destroy. Fires kill. There’s a strong warning here in this illustration.
Speech probably gets more people into trouble than just about anything. Don’t let your tongue get out of control today. Put a throttle on it. When tempted to say something angry in response, something snide and insulting, or something rude – stop. Take a breath. Think of the firestorm you may ignite. And then use the tongue to bless, not curse.
Oh, and one more thought. James says that no one can tame the tongue. So don’t think that this message doesn’t apply to all of us – including you!
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: Spirit, reveal to us the one thing that You want us to know right now about who we are, what we do, what we need to change…and give us the passion to want that for ourselves as much as You want it for us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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