05 January, 2007

Loose Lips Sink Ships

I often read and meditate upon the control of the tongue and thoughts. James said that the tongue is the smallest member of the body, yet the most difficult to bridle. I believe that this area will be the last to be sanctified for many Christians. We have grown up hearing 'sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me!'

When that is filtered through a Christian worldview there can only be one assessment- it is a lie. Words are very powerful. The worlds were created at the speaking of a word. Satan will finally be destroyed at the speaking of a word. Christian witness, Christian homes and marriages, Christian friendships, and Christian churches can all be destroyed as well by the speaking of our words.

Let us heed the words of John Calvin,
I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.


Jonathan Moorhead said...

Wow, what a great quote from Calvin - and so true. Thanks.

Mark said...

It's remarkable how much of Proverbs focuses on words. Awesome quote, too.