Proverbs 18:21: "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Then, there is Matthew 12:37: "For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." Finally, there is Proverbs 13:3: "Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin."
There are many other verses about the tongue, especially in Proverbs, but you get the drift of what God is saying. We.are.to.think.before.we.speak. Is that easy to do? No, absolutely not. However, as I said, I thought I was doing well.
Then, last night I saw something on Facebook that convicted me. I have written before how God has used Facebook. I figure He is hip; He will use whatever means He knows will get our attention. And, He knows I am on Facebook a lot. This is what convicted me:
This is from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: "To live at peace with everyone, you need to control not only what you say and do, but also what you think. It's common to assume that your thoughts about others don't matter much, as long as you keep them to yourself. However, I am fully aware of all your thoughts. When you indulge in negative thinking about someone, your relationship with that person is damaged. Those hurtful also affect your relationship with Me, and they may have a depressive effect on you. The remedy lies in turning to Me and seeking My forgiveness. Then, ask My Spirit to control your mind and help you think My thoughts. This is the way of Life and Peace."
As though He were afraid that would not get my attention, this was on a college friend's status this morning: "There will always be people in your life that are unlovable in your eyes, but our Lord Jesus told us before his death on the cross that we are to love unconditionally. It is His commandment to us! Put a little love in your heart, people...remember the world will be a better place for that love you share."
So, I stand convicted, convinced, however you want to word it. Is the passage from Jesus Calling from the Bible? No, of course not; however, it is biblical. If God is concerned about what comes from my mouth, isn't he concerned with what goes through my thoughts to lead to my mouth? The Bible also tells us we are to hold captive every thought: 2 Corinthians 10:5: "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." To me, that is even harder than taming the tongue. So, when an unsavory thought about someone comes to my mind, I have to harness it and dismiss it. This is what I have to retrain my mind to do:
"Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever
is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--
think about such things." Philippians 4:8.
I have much work to do...............