"There is one whose rash
words are like sword thrusts, but
the tongue of the wise
Proverbs 12:18 (English
Since my mouth has gotten me in more trouble than any other part of my
body, I would have to say that I have said more hurtful words than I have
received in my lifetime. Oh, don't get
me wrong. I am not a name caller and I
rarely raise my voice. Both of those
things have been done to me in relationships I have been in. And that is no fun at all. But how do the maybe 50 times that has
happened compare to things I have said over the years to others about
Trust me I am trying to improve my
track record of "just telling it like it is" or as I have sometimes
said, "I'm the reality girl."
I call them like I sees them.
Over the years I have criticized
people's choices of where to live, what to eat, how to dress, how many children
to have, what school or not to send their kid to, what church to go to, how to
spend money and how not to spend money.
I've been an expert on relationships, parenting, saving, how to spend
leisure time, etc. The list goes on.
I suppose my weighing in to people
on how others live their lives definitely constitutes gossip. Huge amounts of repentance needed on this
I wonder how people feel who have
actually called people names. I have
been on the receiving end and when they come from someone who claims to love
you, well, all I can say is the Proverb above is definitely true. The words are like stabs to the heart.
I would like to challenge us this
week to really examine our thoughts.
The Bible says to bring every thought captive to Christ. II Corinthians 10:5"We destroy arguments andevery
lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought
captive toobey Christ."
If are thoughts are captive to
obey Christ, we will not have to worry about gossip and stabbing people with
If we are truly wise our words
will bring healing to others.