Oh, Be Careful Little Mouth

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“Even a fool is thought wise…and discerning if he holds his tongue.”
Proverbs 17:28

Reckless words, spoken hastily and without thinking, inflame many conflicts.  “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov. 12:18; cf. Prov. 13:3; 17:28; 21:23; 29:20).  Although we may seldom set out deliberately to hurt others with our words, sometimes we do not make much of an effort not to hurt others.  We simply say what comes to mind without thinking about the consequences.  In the process, we may hurt and offend others, which only aggravates conflict.

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 121

Food for Thought

What have you said recently without thinking?

The word “reckless” usually conjures up images of someone driving a car with no concern for the people around them.  A reckless driver can cause havoc on the highway, putting his or her life, as well as the lives of others, in harm’s way.  If we spot someone driving recklessly, we usually find a cell phone and alert the police.  But what about someone speaking recklessly?

Simply saying what comes to mind can be looked upon as being authentic and honest.  People admire the plain-speak quality and often promote folks who can do it.  But it can also be looked upon as not thinking, or reckless.  The lives of the one speaking and those hearing then are caught in harm’s way.  And if you’re caught in harm’s way, the result is usually some kind of harm.  Oh, be careful little mouth what you say.

I, personally have a problem with this, I’m getting better, I’m able to hold my tongue longer and am learning to say things in a more sensitive or correct way. But it is hard. If Im a bit tired or distracted or… then I slip up, and hopefully I catch it. And apologize.

What’s worse for me, is swearing. Im horrible. Really horrible. Like a freaking trucker. Bad. And the same deal here, a slight bit tired, frustrated, mad, distracted…then out the profanities come.

it’s awful, because if I hear it from another person, I just look at them and think ‘whoa, that was fowl’

I’m at my worst in my house with my boys and with the non-christians in my family I easily slip back into that mode of talking trash.

And I can’t blame satan for this one…

The tongue is a mighty weapon.

Pray for me and for anyone you know who has a problem with the smallest of evils. The mouth.

Blessings, Kristina

Ps 39:1 -I said, “I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence.”

 

Ps 50:19 – “You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit. Ps 52:2 -Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit. Ps 52:4 – You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. Ps 57:4 – My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, {Even} the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows And their tongue a sharp sword.

Ps 64:3 -Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech {as} their arrow, Ps 64:8 – So they will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head. Pr 18:21 -Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. Isa 59:3 – For your hands are defiled with blood And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken falsehood, Your tongue mutters wickedness. Jer 9:3 – “They bend their tongue {like} their bow; Lies and not truth prevail in the land; For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me,” declares the LORD.

Jer 9:5 – “Everyone deceives his neighbor And does not speak the truth, They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves committing iniquity. Jer 9:8 – “Their tongue is a deadly arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But inwardly he sets an ambush for him.

Jas 1:26 -If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his {own} heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Jas 3:5 -So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and {yet} it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! Jas 3:6 – And the tongue is a fire, the {very} world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of {our} life, and is set on fire by hell. Jas 3:8 – But no one can tame the tongue; {it is} a restless evil {and} full of deadly poison.

 

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5 responses »

  1. Hi, I just popped over from Rindys blog. I got pretty excited over seeing someone from the west side of the map. I’m down here in So. Oregon…

    Saw the pic of your foot! Ouch! Sorry, hope it’s getting better!

    Have a great week!

  2. Kelsey, click on the pictures, it will go to the blog with lots more, one of the latest ones that says ‘i love this chair’, is sons favorite, the cat is black like ours.

    Hi Tam, thanks for stopping by, you got rain down there? Whats up with the summer?!?!?

    Blesaings, Kristina

  3. Nope, no rain today – cloudy and nice actually! We don’t get much rain in this part. Maybe 16-18 inches a year…not so bad =)

    How did your MRI go today???

  4. Growing up as a dairy farmer and working at a trucking company I know where your comming from. Sharletta has to remind me to watch it sometimes as well.

    Sports are the worst for me. I get so mad at myself for making stupid mistakes. Unfortunately I am also woefully in need of the exercise :).

    As always I appreciate your honesty Kristina!

    Tim VP

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