Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Ultimate Weapon

     There is a powerful weapon that we all possess. With a careless lash, it can bring a friend to his knees and begin an intense hatred between two people. One blow of it can cause the deepest of pain or bring a life to an end.  What is this weapon? Look in the mirror and open your mouth. There it is, all pink and squishy. In case you haven't guessed what it is yet, it's your own tongue.
     Speech is one of the most powerful tools God gave us. Through speech we, unlike animals, have the ability to share thoughts, express affection and to create linguistic works of art, but like almost every gift from God, Satan has found a way for us to misuse it.
"Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell."
 ~James 3:5-6

     We need to be very careful of the way we use our tongues. Even things that we don't mean or that we think no one will hear about can get out, and they probably will. I've learned this from personal experience. Keeping a tight reign on my tongue is something that I struggle with. I say a lot of unnecessary things that I don't mean and I have to rely on the grace of my good friends, who are all very forgiving. Thank you, and please warn me when I misuse my tongue. Don't be afraid to give me a good old fashioned slap upside the head when I need it :)

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