Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
In bible study, we studied "The Tongue" for five months. During this time, we have learned about the power of the words we speak and the effects they have on our lives.We have become more aware of the words we allow to come out of our mouth, as well as, started to hold each other accountable. My husband and some of his co-workers started a complaint jar. Each time they would complain or said something they shouldn't have, they had to put a quarter in the jar ( they eventally had to increase it to a dollar because they started to make provisions for their comments). So basically it had to cost them inorder to stop them. How many of you know that's what usually stops us or keeps us from behaving inappropriately. That's why we have rules and regulations ( LAWS!)
Just as we have rules to follow in the natural, we also have rules to follow in the spirit. God's commandments tells us what we should and shouldn't do. It is laid out plain and simple in The Ten Commamndments. All we have to do is be obedient to what he tells us. Seems simple huh? Think again.
It is only when we develop a relationship with God and become intimate with Him, that we desire to obey Him and please Him. The closer we get to Him, the more we long for Him in our lives. He will not put himself off on us, but He will make himself known to us when we show him that we want his invovlement in every aspect of our lives.
He has made promises to us that He will not go back on. He has shown us time and time again, that He is faithful, trustworthy, dependable, and reliable. Through His Word, we are able to find peace and comfort during our time of need. WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!
He has endowed us with his Holy Spirit and equipped us with power to overcome any problem we will face ( Acts 1:8, John 16:33).
In James 1:26, it says, " If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth (control) not his tongue, but deceived his own heart, this man's religion is vain."
Plain and simple. We just can't go around saying whatever we want to say when we want to say it, and call ourselves Christians. We have to exercise self-control; which is one of the fruit of the Spirit God has given us. (Galatians 5:22-23)
We have an obligation to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, and might. (See Deuteronomy 6:5)
To love Him is to serve Him in word and deed. How can we do that if we are saying/doing things that are not of Him?
Today and henceforth, let's put forth our best effort to think, speak, and do those things that will bring glory and honor to God. For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. (See Matthew 12:34)
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. ( Collossians 3:16-17)