Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Might Tongue

Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Do you know that the tongue never rests? I am talking about everyone’s tongues, not just the jabber jaws that seem to talk non-stop. This part our anatomy is made up of different muscles, which help us to taste, swallow, talk and helps to fight germs. The tongue is busy. Even when we sleep, the tongue is pushing saliva into our throat to be swallowed.

In other ways, the tongue is mighty. It has the power of encouragement or discouragement. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day, while a destructive word to someone who is down can further the spiral into depression. Proverbs 18:21a tells us “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Matthew Henry writes “Many a one has caused his own death, or the death of others, by a false or injurious tongue.” What is your tongue saying today?

Prayer: Lord, may my words today “fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants” (Deuteronomy 32:2b). May I praise you in all I say and do. Amen.

Digging Deeper: Proverbs 10:20-12, 18:13; Psalm 19:14; Ecclesiastes 5:2-4

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