No Razor Slices as Deep as a Sharp Tongue
I know we have all suffered through at least a couple of paper cuts in your life. Pretty sure, we've suffered through a few nicks from razor blades at some point, too.
I can guarantee, however, that we have all been cut to our heart at least once by a sharp tongue.
It's not fun. Rarely is it warranted. And never is it okay to intentionally hurt someone else that way.
In Proverbs 18:21, we find the true power of the human tongue: " Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits."
Every, single on of us has the power to build another up, change the course of their life, or even help them become a very powerful person.
We also have the power to completely destroy another. We can do so easily when we don't watch what we say, or how we say.
Yes, I have been on the receiving end; I have also been the deliverer.
Which I am proud of? Which do I regret to the tips of my toes?
Do I really need to answer that?
To this day, I can think of two people who have the sharpest tongues I have ever encountered. They aren't afraid to unleash them on any unsuspecting one in their path. It's unkind. It's cruel. And, it's destructive to both the deliverer and the recipient.
In my Bible study this week, I came across this little gem in Psalm 40:1-3
"I waited patiently for the Lord, He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the, miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God."
I am not proud, indeed, I am deeply ashamed of anything hurtful or harmful I ever said to another. At times, it was intentional; others, it was not.
Either way, I bear the shame and guilt. Or I did until Abba shared those verses in Psalm 40 with me.
It's amazing what adopting a new outlook, a new mindset, a new song can do for our hearts, our souls. And once we have changed, it's like watching the ripples on the water growing out from our heart to those around us.
Goodness knows I am not a perfect being. I don't even refer to myself as a human being.
I assure you that I am no more than a human becoming. But, when I become a human being called Home, I will be the Child of the King I was born to be!
I have spoken in groups and at public events. I have even taught in Sunday School and in the classroom.
Believe when I say that I am NOT a gifted speaker. Don't think that I ever will be.
But, I enjoy talking to people at work and on the phone every day. I love to find something nice, something kind, something inspiring to each.
I have found that exercise to be wonderful for my whole being.
It's a true challenge in some cases. In others, I don't even have to think. The person inspires wonderful thoughts in me! Those days are the best!
I don't believe for a minute that I change anyone else's life, but buddy, let me tell you it changes mine!
And, I am grateful for it every single moment of every single day.
This may be the shortest blog I have ever written, but I hope it ends up being one of the most powerful.
All I ask is that you read, and pray on what was said.
On my part, I am lifting each of you in prayer asking that Abba will put a new song in your heart!
There's your "homework" for the week. It's up to you what you do with it.
I do thank you for coming to visit each week. I hope you have a wonderful week. Please stay safe and well. I look forward to seeing you right here again next week!