Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tame the Tongue

Whoever said "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" was in denial. Words hurt. Our speech has power.

Part 2 of my Trials of Teenage life series based on:

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

Bible verses used in this video, plus a few extras:

James 3  - words are powerful, like a spark starting forest fire, and like a small rudder steering a huge ship, our speech can direct the course of our lives.

When we speak a lot, and without thinking, we're going to say things that get us into trouble or hurt others.

Proverbs 10:11 & 19
 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life....

When words are many, sin is not absent,
       but he who holds his tongue is wise. 

Don't listen to the people who are 'shouting' in your life - the wisdom often comes in more quiet package.

Ecclesiastes 9:17 
The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
       than the shouts of a ruler of fools.

We can't take back the things we say - once it's said, it's out there and we'll have to deal with the consequences.

MAT 12:36  But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of
judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Our words show what's in our hearts and minds:
Matthew 12: 33-37 (Message version)

 "If you grow a healthy tree, you'll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you'll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree. "You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It's your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation."

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