SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/08/15- “Control Your Tongue And Live!” (Proverbs 13:3)
Premise Question: What must we do to control our tongue?
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. (Proverbs 13:3 NLT)
When one is able to have control over the content of what they allow to escape out of their heart and mind, slipping over their tongue, through their lips and out of their mouth; it will have the wonderful effect of protecting and maintaining their continued existence, and will fill up their life up with an effervescence of joy and peace. Conversely, though, when there is no restraint or thoughtful consideration, but an acting with haste, with a total lack of prudence, while articulating, it will result in arriving at a place of certain downfall; producing a life that’s ravaged, resulting in a thoroughly and utterly devastating complete loss, irretrievably injured, without any possibility of repair! (Proverbs 13:3 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Choose to always speak words that promote life, encouragement and refreshing; words that will build up, repair and renew, not words that foment death and despair, that shred, tear apart, tear down, demolish and destroy. Don’t allow words to come forth, out of your mouth, impulsively, unchecked and unbridled, lacking propriety and appropriateness, causing a spontaneous combustion that can turn into a conflagration, having the potential to obliterate and destroy everything and everyone within range of hearing and then, once it spreads, everywhere else it’s carried to and repeated! It’s much more prudent to have a good, wise and strong filter, with a shut off valve at the ready. I can remember hearing some of these sayings in years gone by: “Put a lid on it!” “Zip your lip!” “Think before you speak!” “Be careful little mouth what you speak!” “Put a guard on that tongue and lock it down!” “Zip it, lock it and throw away the key!” “Measure twice, cut once!” A variation of that one is: “Be very careful before you speak, measuring every word carefully before you choose to speak, so you won’t throw caution to the wind and speak thoughtlessly and carelessly; therefore, measure your thoughts and words twice before you speak them out!” The problem arises when we allow inappropriate words to escape across our tongues and out of our mouths. But the root of the problem and the real issue is what is already entrenched, fomenting and waiting for an opportunity to release and express itself, in our thoughts and heart. For as The LORD Himself said: You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. (Matthew 12:34 NLT) So, if we don’t want to mis-speak, which can produce unwanted, chaotic and destructive results; then we must be willing to deal with what is in our heart, in an appropriate way and manner and in a prudently chosen, appropriate time and place, along with wise counsel and the powerful agent of forgiveness, walking in release and applying the entirety of Papa God’s Holy Scriptures, to our life, in every situation, circumstance and in all our different and various relationships! Remember, the mouth will, perhaps inadvertently, at an inopportune time or occasion, eventually speak what is hidden in your heart and thoughts. So, as I am wont to say: “Keep your heart free of debris, flush the flesh and stay refreshed!” Blessings…
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