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There have always been areas that the enemy has held as strongholds within the community of believers.  The most prominent and pronounced area is the what comes out of our mouths.  The church is constantly recognized as the home of gossip, backbiting, coarse language and hurtful comments within a community.

As a child, we learned the sad axiom–“The church is the only army that shoot’s its wounded.” As a community built on grace and mercy, churches are notorious for not showing much of either! The world and the enemy have used our inability to control our tongues–to neutralize our effectiveness and destroy the churches credibility among non-believers.

Most who follow Christ, do so from a place of weakness.  We smile and put on our Sunday go to meeting face; but, on the inside, we are scared and nervous that we are not the people we hoped to be.  Often, to comfort ourselves we compare our lives to those we know and see at church. That leads to judging, backbiting and gossip!  The reality is, however, that hurting others with what we say, does nothing to make us more worthy or Godly. It is an awful, vicious cycle.

We need simply to control our tongues.  The church is a “Safe Haven” for believers.  It is the place where soldiers come for relief and restoration.  If we act as the ones providing said relief and restoration, we will not have time to say mean and hurtful things about those to whom we are ministering. Our focus remains upon God, and our discussion focuses on the relief and restoration of those who are battling daily. As that happens, those within the community of Christ grow stronger, and those outside long for what we have to provide.  Help us, Lord to control our tongues–and to use our speech to honor you!

God Bless You

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.