Wednesday 11th January, 2017
Theme: Mindful of One’s Words
Text: Matthew 12:30-37
EMHB 400: Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord to Thee
In a series of teachings about life and character, issue about the words of our mouth came to the fore. Drawing from the example of a good tree producing good fruit and bad tree producing bad tree, Jesus taught that those who make careless or offensive, malicious and abusive statements cannot do any less than their inner make up. James also taught that the tongue is to be heavily guarded because ‘… It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison’ (James 3:8b NKJV).
Considering Christ’s teaching about words, if the tongue is just talking and singing in the way that children play with words, it does not cause harm. Of course, some people are extroverts and can be playful and dramatic with words at times and could be misunderstood. That is why Paul warns believers to desist from certain behaviours that are not fitting for the saints, ‘neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks’ (Ephesians 5:4 NKJV). This is because careless words have caused divisions in families, among friends, fellowships, leadership and organisations; and murder, through slander and malice.
One of the major keys for controlling our tongues and what we say is to be mindful of the words we speak. If a person has been truly transformed by the Spirit of God, one of the abilities we receive from the Holy Spirit is self-control. And this again can be acquired by developing godly character, ‘But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love’ (2 Peter 1:5-7 NKJV). Another key to save us from deadly tongue is praising God by word, songs and hymns.
Memory Verse: Matthew 12:37 ‘For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned’ (NIV).
PRAYER: Lord, assist me to tame my tongue and life in Your honour. Amen.