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The Most Dangerous Weapon

Good morning 😊 It is Monday, October 25, 2021. Jeanette Stark here.


If I asked you what is the most dangerous part of our body, what would you answer? Hands for striking; feet for kicking? I would tell you no, neither of those. It is our tongue.


“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Don’t allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.” – Ephesians 5:1-4 The Message


I recently found myself singing a song I learned as a very young child. “Oh, be careful little mouth what you say. Oh, be careful little mouth what you say . There’s a Father up above, and He’s looking down in love. So be careful little mouth what you say…”


Do you know it? It has a very catchy melody and is very easy for young children to learn and sing. But, as adults, do we still apply the message of that sweet little children’s song?


The Bible tells us to use our speech for edifying or “building up”.


“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” “Ephesians 4:29 NKJV


I have known, and still do, people who have absolutely no filter. They say what they want, when they want. It matters not if it hurts you or others. Some use foul language with such frequency, I believe, they begin to not even notice.


We are to be different than that! Colossians 3:8 tells us to stop using filthy language. “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” - NKJV


The Bible cautions against even the careless words we speak.


“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36 NKJV


Have you ever given that topic serious consideration? Our speech matters to God!


What we say, how we say it and who we say it to is very important.


King Solomon hit both sides of the coin when he wrote Proverbs 12:13-14: “The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will come through trouble. A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.” NKJV


I was speaking with a friend over the weekend and the topic of gossip came up. For many years I had the impression that ‘gossip’ was telling an untruth; lying about someone; saying things that were not true to make that person look bad.


But that is not what gossip is! Oh, certainly it can include those things, but gossip in its truest form is talking about someone else when they are not around. Yes, it can be true, but do I need to know it? More importantly should you be telling it?


The Bible tells us that a gossip will betray a confidence. “Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets…” Proverbs 11:13 ESV


Mark Twain once wrote: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool that to open and remove all doubt.” I wonder if he wrote that after reading Proverbs 17:28,“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”


“A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.” Proverbs 18:7-8 ESV


Friend if you are tempted to talk about others, guard your tongue.


There is an expression that came out of World War II which referenced sailors talking about things that could jeopardize their position or plans. Talk that, if in the wrong hands, could literally sink their ship. You are probably familiar with it “Loose lips sink ships.”


Our tongue can be very dangerous.


“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.” James 3:6 ESV


“Set on fire by hell”. That is a strong statement!


Satan delights when we use our words to hurt and destroy others. He delights when we can cast a dark shadow on someone’s character. It does not matter if it is true, you do not need to repeat it. Leave that to God! Let Him work. Get out of the way and let the Holy Spirit do His job.


“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21 ESV


Friend if you are tempted to say unkind things; repeat gossip; if you are tempted to use bad language, if you are tempted to repeat crass or crude jokes…stop it! What we do and say are being recorded in heaven and one day soon, we will all stand before the judge. Our books will be opened. What do you want your book to say about you?


“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” Revelation 20:12 NKJV






O Be Careful, Little Eyes


O be careful little eyes what you see


O be careful little eyes what you see


There's a Father up above


And He's looking down in love


So, be careful little eyes what you see




O be careful little ears what you hear


O be careful little ears what you hear


There's a Father up above


And He's looking down in love


So, be careful little ears what you hear




O be careful little hands what you do


O be careful little hands what you do


There's a Father up above


And He's looking down in love


So, be careful little hands what you do




O be careful little feet where you go


O be careful little feet where you go


There's a Father up above


And He's looking down in love


So, be careful little feet where you go




O be careful little mouth what you say


O be careful little mouth what you say


There's a Father up above


And He's looking down in love


So, be careful little mouth what you say


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