Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal One have mercy upon me. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal One have mercy upon me. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal One grant me Your peace. Amen.
Read James 3: 3-5
Taming the tongue. Our words can be a soothing balm upon another’s soul or they can become harsh wounds that injure others. The choice is ours. Think before you speak. Ask God to live in you this day and help you to listen to what you are going to say before you say it.
Today on CBC Radio with Jian Ghomeshi was a great illustration of guarding our tongues and listening. Jian was interviewing a celebrity on Wednesday. Listeners wrote in between yesterday and today and stated that Jian spoke to her in a flippant manner. Jian had no idea that he spoke to the celebrity with anything but compassion in his mind. Yet the listeners heard something different. Jian had no idea what the listeners heard in his voice but by the number of letters to him, the listeners did hear something. And then called him on his tone of voice. Wow.
This is a great example not only of James’ advice but also something preachers must focus upon. Listening to the tone of their voice while preaching sermons. It is so important for each Minister to practice preaching their sermons outloud before Sunday worship. Frequently what is written sounds okay until the preacher speaks the words out loud.
Today how will we listen to our words? Ask God to live in you this day and help you to listen to what you are going to say before you say it.
As I go through this day with You LORD, may I guard my tongue. Help me to live in Your joy and praise. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.