TAMING THE TONGUE

Today’s message in church spoke to my heart.  The Scripture was Matthew 12: 33-37.  The sermon was primarily about our day to day conversations….and about how often we use thoughtless and careless words. The Bible tells us that one day, we will give account for every careless word we have spoken.  

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Many of us might think that our minds are the source of our words.  But in truth, our hearts are the source of our words. We must get our hearts in tune to the Lord’s ways before our mouths can be meaningful and helpful.  The only one who can change our hearts is Jesus!  He is the creator of all good things.  In His Word, He reminds us to know our hearts, protect our hearts and cultivate our hearts so that we can bring Him honor and glory…not only in how we behave, but how we speak.

Taming the tongue is particularly challenging.  Its said that each person in America speaks about 16,000 words a day!  That’s a lot of words!  But how much of that is negative or idle speaking?  How often do we put down someone because of their weight, their dress, their hairstyle? How often do we use our words to build someone up or encourage them? Whatever you are saying, you will give an account to Christ.  

We were left with this reminder about our words:

1. BEFORE YOU SPEAK, THINK!

2. WHEN YOU SPEAK, HELP!

 

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  1. I saw a pin on Pinterest for teachers that said “Is it
    Truthful
    Helpful
    Intelligent
    Necessary
    Kind”
    It encourages children to think before they speak. I’m sure adding a WWJD at the end wouldn’t hurt 🙂
    Thanks for this post!

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    1. Profile photo of Sherry Hefner

      Thank you for your comments Lexie….I think I have seen that very same pin! I thought: How wonderful! A simple acrostic for THINK!

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  2. These words hit home….I am so guilty of speaking before thinking sometimes. I have been praying about this and doing better, but it always helps to read reminders. Thank you for your blog….so glad I found it!

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    1. Profile photo of Sherry Hefner

      Sheri, Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments. Like you, the message hit home with me because its so easy to become too relaxed and start saying everything that pops into the mind. This is how the world does. I had a chance to use this lesson just yesterday. I received a surprising and offensive message. I would normally spend hours trying to explain myself or this and that. Instead I thought it out and prayed. Would my words of response be helpful? Necessary? No. So I was able to let it go. Definitely rewarding. Thanks again!

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