The Tongue

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Scripture uses the human body to represent the living body of Christ–the church. Each hand has a function; the feet have a job to do; the eyes do their part by giving sight; ears contribute hearing; so on, and so forth. Then, there is that one body-part; the black sheep of the family; that one cousin in the family everyone knows about. When it behaves, everything is great. The problem comes when it misbehaves and, if we’re honest with ourselves, that happens more often than we’d like to admit.

James 3:9-10 (CEV) says, “My dear friends, with our tongues we speak both praises and curses. We praise our Lord and Father, and we curse people who were created to be like God, and this isn’t right.” This historic pandemic has really put control of the tongue to the test for a lot of us. Whether we’re dealing with the confinement of our familiar surroundings, or simply growing weary of seeing the same people every single day, how we respond in speech to our loved ones can have a lasting impact on them. Short tempers tend to give the tongue permission to fly off without caution.

I know I’ve personally said some pretty harsh things to my family over the last three months. Like James said, it just isn’t right. We–as the body of Christ–are supposed to speak life and affirmation into those around us. Especially those we love the most.

Today, be intentional with your speech. Let your spouse know how much they mean to you. Tell your kids how much you love them. And, when you feel the negativity of confinement creeping up the back of your neck today, do your best to stifle it, and speak words of encouragement instead.

We have a choice in how we use that small yet power member within our mouths. We can either speak life or speak death. Choose to speak life today.

*Always*

Return Fire With The Word

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Matthew 4:10 (ESV) – Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

The devil really knows how to intimidate us. He waits for a time when our faith is under fire, then strikes mercilessly. After fasting for forty days and forty nights, Jesus was hungry. It was then, that the devil seized the opportunity to strike out at our Lord. But Jesus knew how to fight back, even in his weakened state: he relied on the word of God.

In our culture today, we are burdened with all sorts of frustrating realities from monthly bills to stressful work conditions. Maybe your burden is a quest to determine your destiny. Perhaps you’re burdened by a health issue. Whatever your specific situation is, you can be sure that Satan has a tailor made lie ready to throw your way.

“If I just had more money, the problem would go away.”

“Maybe I should quit this job, and take a break for a few…months.”

“I’m sick of waiting on God to tell me where I belong. I’ll figure it out on my own.”

“I’ll bet that psychic has an herbal remedy for my pain.”

Jesus didn’t fall for Satan’s traps. He rebuked him by using the word. That’s precisely what we should do: remember the word. The next time Satan intimidates you, fire back by proclaiming the truth written throughout the bible.