Careless

I communicate for a living. That’s speaking and listening. In communicating for a living I have come to realize the importance of our spoken word.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21 KJV

Words have power and they ought not be tossed around carelessly. I’m guilty of not always using my words wisely. There are times when my words have been wasted.

Last year, 2021, my kiddos and I did a year long submersion study in the book of Psalms and Proverbs. We read through the Psalms 2.5 times and Proverbs significantly more times *smile* In the reading, I learned, and learned again, a great deal concerning not only our words and what we say, but also what we don’t say.

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Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:28 KJV

See, communication is both verbal and nonverbal. Once upon a time, I would have laughed and agreed with the above image, but you know, I have really had to do my own self-reflection and ask myself: what is it that I’m actually communicating? I know what I want to communicate. I know what I want to share. I want to share the love of God. And you know what else, whatever is in our hearts will come out regardless. I think there is a quote that says something like “a little cough and a little love are not easily hidden“.. Something like that.

The book of James also teaches us about the use of our words. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. James 3:6 KJV

I have to remind myself so often of the great responsibility I carry each time I open my mouth. When you consider that we truly do have the authority to tame wild animals yet, there is none that can tame the tongue.

Working at a juvenile detention center, many of the youth will self-report difficulty with self-control. This of course extends to behaviors and, you guessed it, their words, especially when they are mad. Psychology and science diagnosis this as Impulse Disorder, among other things. However, the Bible teaches us the difficulties in taming our tongues.

We must pray that God will bridle our tongues. We must place them under subjection to Him. And we must be aware of how we use our words, to ensure that we are not careless with them.

*Feature Photo is an Original Image by A.B

7 comments

  1. This is so very true. I won’t attempt to quote, but there’s also a scripture that speaking to bring our thoughts under the obedience of Christ. Unfortunately, oftentimes, what we think will come out of our mouths. Great post, Great advice!

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    1. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
      2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6 KJV
      That is one of my favorite passages of scripture- if this is what you’re referring to. And you are correct. We don’t always think. We do need to do bring our thoughts into subjection to Christ.

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        1. Hi Jessy, You may want to take a look at my newest blog at HolyGhostDownloads.com. BTW, it’s been nice chatting with you. I’m sure that we will be seeing each other from time to time. Have an Awesome Weekend!

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          1. Good morning Ms. Candy. I will take a look. Thanks for sharing and chatting. You have an awesome weekend as well!

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    1. Thanks Pastor Pete. I will definitely share more. It is a unique and I’d say a learning experience. It is definitely from their self-reporting that I have done much self-reflection.

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