“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Remember that? What a load of crap. Has anyone ever labeled you and it stuck? I remember in high school someone told me and the guy I was dating that we looked like the number 10 together. (Like he was tall and skinny like the number 1 and I was shaped like the number 0…) That messed me up. I mean that was several, SEVERAL years ago, and I’m happy and over it, but it took a while. Anyways! As Christians, we need to make sure we are not hurting others by using our most powerful weapon…
“…how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Mathew 12:34
Here the bible is telling us that what we allow to come out of our mouths, is what is in our heart.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m the worst when it comes to “guarding my lips” (Proverbs 13:3), when I hear some juicy juicy gossip. But is that right? Should I enjoy hearing possible lies? Should I enjoy putting others down? What does this say about me?
“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” This sounds an awful lot like Psalm 39:1
“I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.'” Psalm 39:1
WHOA! I don’t gossip, complain, cuss or speak negatively, unless someone else has started it. So, God is telling me that I need to watch it. I need to put a muzzle (not literately) over my mouth when I’m around those people. But what do you do? You can’t just stand there and say nothing, can you? This is what I’m having trouble with, if you have ideas please post how you handle these situations.
Haha, as I type this I find the verse…
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6
Holy guacamole!!!! So, if I walk like Jesus then I can handle those people? I’ll just know what to say, without sounding like I’m condemning them for speaking like that? Man, walking like Christ is hard.
Thoughts? Let me hear them.