My pastor has called me out on numerous occasions for being part of a culture spreading lies and half-truths which can carry around the world. He taught me to ask God for the wisdom of when to hold my tongue and evaluate the subject. In Ephesians 6:11-12 (ESV) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
There are a lot of Christians, good Christians that get caught up in this false reporting or offering up unnecessary opinions. They have no wish to harm, no malice of intent, if fact most of us simply repeat, reply or communicate based on knowing the person from whom it came. We blindly become a part of the fallacious system of spreading rumors, ergo feeding a culture of confusion and doubt. God tells us through James 3:3-6 (ESV), 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
It is of upmost importance that we learn to put our mind in gear before we put our mouth in motion! God should be our editor of every word that we think, say or write. It is our soul responsibility to know as much as we can about what we communicate to others. As our influence or lack thereof may cause another person discomfort in repeating or acting upon what is said. It is our inherent right to spontaneous reaction, just as it is for us to portray, we’re smarter than we are. However, even though we’re born with a God given need to be accepted, it is compounded through the earthly gift of pride. We are warned in 1 John 2:16 (ESV), For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world.
It seems, at the end of my knee jerk reactions or in my haste to show my intelligence, I wish that I had kept my mouth shut because I ended up talking from the wrong end of my anatomy and of course embarrassment ensued. Again, God warns in 2 Timothy 2:16-18 (ESV), 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. Today with our access to world communications our tongues have become formable weapons as the bile explains in Proverbs 18:21 (ESV), Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
As God has enlightened me to the situation, He has also provided me with the solution in James 3:7-8 (ESV), 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. Once I got this revelation (just as I pray, you’ll do), I started turning my tongue over to God who gave me, Philippians 4:8 (ESV), Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Our tongue was created in us to praise and worship God while communicating His good news to the world.
God gave me Ephesians 4:29, to hold in my heart and use against my head everytime it allows to tongue flap form both ends uncontrolled! Ephesians 4:29 (ESV), Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. We can be assured that this world we’re passing through, would be a better place to visit if we all gave control of our tongue to Jesus. We simply need to check our tongue with the Holy Spirit before opening our mouth.
Philippians 1:9-11 (ESV), 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Amen
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