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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Taming Your Tongue

I just love it when I meet these beautiful women of God for our life group meetings.  We meet every two weeks. I am supposedly the leader but really, I learn from them so much!

Last night, we had a little celebration for the February birthday girls. That includes me!

We had an interesting conversation last night. We talked about the ways we use our tongue and how the words we speak can be either powerful or destructive.

I believe that the tongue has become a powerful tool of women to engage with the rest of the world. How we use it is crucial. Sadly, we sometimes catch ourselves misusing it.

"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." (Proverbs 18:21)

The following are four good questions we need to ask ourselves before we speak (and even before we act) in order to use our tongue at all times to bring the "power of life" and not death.

1) Is this the truth?

"The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful." (Proverbs 12:22)

2) Is this appropriate?

"The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse." (Proverbs 10:32)

3) Is this motivating?

"Do not let unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29)

4) Is this essential?

"When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." (Proverbs 10:19)

Something to ask myself every day: Do the words that I speak encourage and build up others?

Special thanks to: Every Nation Productions for the Bible study material

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