Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Choose Your Words Wisely
The title of this post says it all. I belong to a group on facebook called Coffee W/ Jesus, we are reading through James this week. Today we read James 3. I am amazed at how God puts things in your life just when you need them. There is NO such thing as coinsadence only what I call a God thing. :^)
This chapter is all about the tongue and how it is can be used to build up and tear down.
I love the way the Message has put the following verses.
"This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can't tame a tongue—it's never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!" James 3:7-10
I mentioned before that God gives us things when we need them. Well, right after I read these verse today, I was HIT between the eyes with a 10 year old who sounded just like ME, when I loose my temper. Oh that was not a good thing to hear. I could hear myself in every word he said. If you have not ever heard yourself loose your temper, it is no fun to hear your children repeat it. How can I expect my children to do things right if I can't be a good example for them. Even when it comes to loosing my temper.
This chapter goes on to share how we can be wise in all we do not just what we say....
17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18 NIV
I pray God will help me to be a peacemaker not just for him but for my children. I pray that I can be a better example of how to control my tongue. To be full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.