Friday, September 09, 2016
We live in a world of loose tongues. This is from January 26, 2012.
Our memory verse in my Gospels' classes today was James 3:9-10 which is as follows:
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
As we reviewed, I really stressed how flippant (one of the three favorite words in Nelda Hawley's vocabulary) we have become as a society with the name of Jehovah and the way we often speak of others with contempt. I related how I once caught myself, lip reading, exclaiming Jesus Christ as I watched a game tape of my basketball team and I was not praising God with the use of the Savior's name. I told them our janitorial service faithfully cleans all the toilets in our school each night but that no one would quench their thirst there, no matter how disinfected they were; you don't use the same source as a bathroom and a drinking supply. And yet, we can outwardly worship God and degrade another person made in God's image with the words flowing over the same lips. None of the students had ever heard talking out of both sides of our mouth but I told them this passage defines that phrase. The lesson really boiled down to the last four words- this should not be. And yet, so often with us, it is.
Applicable quote of the day:
"I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue.
Posted by Steve Hawley at 8:02 PM