Tuesday, August 13, 2013

tight rein

While visiting my in-laws church several weeks ago, I heard that the book of James has sometimes been referred to as the "Proverbs of the New Testament" and I could see why it could be called that. Its words always speak very directly to my heart and convict me of sin.  These verses on the tongue and its speech are some of the most searing exhortations to my spirit. Read with me.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
And then consider these words in light of James' words.
Remember the punishment for unkind talk. Uncharitable talk should cause you deep concern. You need only think of God's judgment and the account that you will have to render on the observance of the eighth commandment. Remember our Lord's warning: 'On the Day of Judgment, men will render account for every careless word they utter.'~Lawrence G. Lovasik, The Hidden Power of Kindness
Oh Lord, please help me to bring my tongue and it's capabilities into obedience to your Word.

"May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." ~Psalm 19:14

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