It really is amazing how much impact our tongues have on our lives. Our tongue can either be our greatest gift or our worst enemy. But, to really assign value to the tongue, one must actually realize it is simply the tool to expose the heart and mind. With simple words, one can either encourage or destroy. One can be transparent or deceptive. Much of who we are is exposed by what we say.
The best test for our heritage also comes through the tongue. As God’s chosen people, we should live and speak better than the world. Our tongues should reflect Christ’s influence. We should not have filthy mouths—He did not! We should be the peacemakers, the ones that speak truth in love. We should not be afraid to tell of the change God has made in our lives. We should be people that bring life through what we say. In this culture, it is easy to forget that our words reflect our hearts—listen to yourself today, then ask, “If I did not know me, would I be able tell Christ has influenced my life?”
God Bless You
Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.
The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.
A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.