GUARD AGAINST UNGUARDED UTTERANCES(2)
Ephesians 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Insight and Highlight
Even, the Christian world will thrive with overmuch the Godly discipline of silence.
Jesting at Holy things, quoting scriptures out of context, and misinterpretation of scriptures are products of foolish talks from unguarded tongues.
The danger of loose talk, unguarded utterances cannot be overemphasized anywhere how much more the Church.
If we will "walk in love" as becoming saints, we must curb our tongues.
Most helpful to us is to cleanse our hearts and be determined that nothing shall come forth from our mouth but words of meekness and affection.
If we are truly of Christ, though unruly tongues of others may vilify and revile us, we shall like Christ who refused to revenge or retaliate in unruly tongues thereby causing, argument or altercation.
Christ refused to revile though was reviled:
1 Pet 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Proverbs 15:1 also admonishes that a gentle reply to someone who is angry will pacify anger and bring an anger badly charged atmosphere to calm:
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Hosea 14:2: Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
Let us truly offer "the calves of our lips", more acceptable than the blood of victims slain on a thousand altars, of anger and unguarded utterances.
A disciplined tongue is more acceptable than burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Call to Word action
Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
The Christian clarion duty
1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own.
Just as our whole body is the Lord's to be sanctified to Him, so particularly must the tongue be kept from "evil-speaking, lying, and slandering," and used rightly for the service of God.
Lord, help me to walk in love, curb my tongue. Cleanse my heart. Let nothing go forth out but words of meekness and affection, in Jesus' name.
Good morning all and be blessed as you go today.
God bless you.