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Showing posts with label Tidbits on the Tongue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tidbits on the Tongue. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The path to joy


Psalm 16:11 is definitely one of my most favorite verses.  We've already looked at it in another context (the path of life) but today let's focus on the joy part.  God tells us in this verse that in His presence is fullness of joy.  Psalm 15 tells us how to get into His presence so that we can find that fullness of joy.....

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ALL things? Really?

Philippians 2:14 says Do all things without grumbling or complaining.  Whoa.  ALL things?   Really?

Yep.  That's what it says.  And since "grumbling and complaining" are activities of the tongue, we're including it in the Tidbits on the Tongue series.  ALL things.  Hmmmmmmmm.

The audacity of the Apostle Paul to pen these words.  ALL things indeed!  Did he have to put up with the mate that you do?  Or the co-worker?  Or the toddler???  Did 30% of his paycheck go to a government that wasted his money frivolously?  Did his family dump all their work on him and then neglect to appreciate him properly?  And what about his in-laws -- did Paul even have any in-laws?  Did he plan all sorts of wonderful family activities, in an attempt to be a marvelous parent and raise marvelous children with marvelous memories, and then have the weather ruin the whole day? And what about health - does he know what it's like to battle a terminal disease?  Or live with debilitating pain day after day? Maybe if Paul had to put up with some of what you put up with, well, then maybe he wouldn't be so glib about instructing us to do this stuff without any sort of grumbling or complaining.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Shhhh...

Sometimes the best word we can speak is to say nothing at all.  Check out these bits of wisdom from Proverbs 17:

vs. 10 -
Whoever covers an offense seeks love    but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
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14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
    so quit before the quarrel breaks out.


 27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
    and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
    when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.


Let's keep quiet sometimes...........we might look wise!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Criticism

I was blessed to grow up in a home where criticism was not part of our vernacular.  We simply did not criticize. Or complain.  Not even when it was "merited".    How my parents achieved that, I do not know! 

I became a quick learner, though, let me assure you.  On my own, I managed to master the art, even falling prey to the idea that criticism was "helpful" to others.  How would they ever change their ways, I reasoned, unless I told them where they were wrong?  This "skill" grows exponentially when practiced even a bit, I soon learned. The more I criticized, the more things I saw that "needed" criticizing.  Once put into motion, criticism can quickly become a way of life, a lens through which all persons and activities are filtered. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Have you heard....


When I was a little girl, a popular TV show had a segment where a group of girls sang a song that went something like this "You'll never catch one of us repeating gossip...so you'd better be sure and listen close the first time!"  Hee-Haw.  Made us laugh every time we saw it.

It's not so funny being the victim of gossip, though.  Can you relate??

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The power of life - in a few words


Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The power of life - adding value



Proverbs 25:11
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver


Doesn't this conjure up a beautiful picture for you?  Golden apples encased in silver settings.  Beautiful.  Valuable.  Rare.

"A word fitly spoken".  Notice it's not "a word spoken in a fit"!  Rather, a word fitly spoken.  A word that is appropriate in its message and delivery...and timing.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The power of death - harsh words


Proverbs 15:1b
but a harsh word stirs up anger

Just as a gentle answer gives life, a harsh one has the power of death.

Let's look at how the dictionary defines "harsh" -

ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect; grim or unpleasantly severe; stern; cruel; austere; physically uncomfortable; desolate; stark; unpleasant to the ear; grating; strident; 
unpleasantly rough, ragged, or coarse to the touch

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The power of life

The power of life, the power of death.  The power is in the tongue.  The choice of which to employ resides in our hearts.

The power of life-

A gentle answer turns away wrath (Proverbs 15:1a)

Wow.  How many times have I been the blessed recipient of this!  A husband who responds with gentle kindness diffuses anger.  A customer service representative who listens without interrupting and says "I am sorry for the problem" unruffles frayed nerves. A Mommy who speaks softly, though firmly, calms a distraught child. A friend who replies to our outrage with  peaceful empathy can prepare our hearts to hear the (gentle) truth a bit later.

A gentle answer.  Notice that Scripture doesn't say "a correct answer".  Being "right" isn't always best.  Being gentle is.

A gentle answer.  I think that God is helping us understand that ignoring another's wrath isn't an option.  Answer it.  Just do it gently.  "No response" isn't a gentle answer.  It can sound like harsh words.

A gentle answer.  The power of life. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tidbits on the Tongue

I don't know about you but my tongue has gotten me in more trouble than any other thing about me.  Far too many times, I have said things that I shouldn't have even thought, much less said.  And I'll bet every single one of us can easily recall the times somebody's else's tongue has scorched our hearts.  Ouch. 

Over the next several posts, we'll let some verses talk instead of our own tongues. Let's start off with that powerful reminder from Proverbs 18:21 -

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Til next time,
Suzanne