Thursday Thoughts | November 2nd 2017

 

 
Good afternoon,
Have you read James 3 lately?  If not, read it today and it will remind you just how powerful the tongue (mouth) can be!  In fact, even though the tongue is small, it is powerful enough to cause a lot of problems!  Have you ever said anything that you regret?  Have you ever said something that has caused a lot of pain to others and to yourself?  Of course!  We all have!  And, since we all have said things we shouldn’t have, I’m sure that we have also asked ourselves, “Why did I say that?” or “Where did that come from?” It is here that I refer to Luke 6:45 that says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”  So where does good or bad speaking come from?  Your heart!  Since the heart and mind are synonymous in the Bible (Proverbs 23:7), I believe we can safely  say that what you put in your mind will come out  your mouth!  This is why I spoke on renewing your mind last Sunday!  If we are going to change our mouths we have to renew our minds!
  Does your mouth (your words) need to be changed today?  Have you already said something today that you wished you hadn’t?  Don’t sit on it too long, take care of it as soon as possible!  Here’s what I  think you should do:
  1. Repent 
  2. Ask forgiveness of those you may have offended with your words! 
  3. Don’t get hung up on what you have done or said in the past, rest in the forgiveness of God. 
  4. Renew your mind by focusing on God’s Word and let God change your words.  James 3:8 states, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”  Under your own power, you can do little to stop the effects of the tongue in your life, but when focusing on God, you will have your mind renewed and your mouth changed!

I believe that if you will do this, you might not get the immediate response you desire from the offended party, but you will rest easy knowing that you have done what God has commanded you to do. Be in peace today – don’t let your mind and mouth get in the way of that!