Be careful what you say, you may have to eat it

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 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.

3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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.

7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 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. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:1-12 NIV

In church last sunday they hit on this verse.  It really has had me thinking about being accountable and being aware of what it is I say/write.  Hence why this blog has taken considerable time to come into fruition. Pastor really hit on the part in bold, about horses.  He said, we take the bit and place it on a place so sensitive that once its pulled/irritated the horse has to obey, he then asked how sensitive are we to obedience?  So many of us feel we have to address certain things, we have to have the last word, we must tell so-and-so off, etc.  No. We don’t.  Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. In counseling before I speak I often have to ask myself, “Am I saying this for me or for the client?” So much of what I do is about NOT speaking that when I do speak I must be very cognizant of my words.  Its a habit I want to carry into my personal life.

Pastor went on to address verses 10 and 11…curses and blessings, how can you damn man and uplift God when we are reflects of Him?  Its incongruent.  Are we not supposed to love one another as He loved us? Do you?  Gossip…that is discussing negative details of an event with someone who is neither apart of the problem nor the solution.  In other words, idle chatter.  Does everything you say have to be profound and inspirational? I doubt anyone could do that without considerable practice. However should it not make you pause to really think about the impact your words may have, or the necessity of them.  Deceitful people produce words of deceit, as a fresh water pond cannot produce salt water.  Your words are reflective of what is in your heart.  Are you aware of that? Everything you say, verbally and nonverbally, everything you communicate speaks VOLUMES about the kind of person you are, what are you telling people???

Remember when Dave Chapelle quit his show and turned down all that money? He later explained that he feared it was socially irresponsible to continue in the path he was headed down. ((Be careful, or you’ll end up where you’re going)) something greater than him pulled on his reigns…that bit hit the sensitive part of him, and turned him in a  different direction.  I wonder how many other people would have turned down the money for something greater, something infinitely more valuable but not as tangible?  It’s definitely something to think about.



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