Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tearing One Another Down

Have you noticed how it is much easier to express your thoughts through the internet or texting? I personally don’t like talking on the phone, though texting and IM-ing aren’t my personal favourites either. My favourite way of communication is the old fashioned (and somewhat forgotten) art of writing letters. There is a joy in seeing an envelope addressed to you in the mailbox awaiting a reply.

Anyway, back on topic. =) I’ve been thinking about the way we can hurt a person with just a couple words or sentences. In this age in time we hear of cyber bullying and in some severe cases it leads the recipient to suicide. I don’t understand what drives a person to bullying, but aren’t some of our words just as bad as the ‘bully’. Our faces and hurtful words aren’t all over the media, but we can be just as hurtful with some things we say. Though we don’t realize it at the time how bad our words hurt, it can have a pretty bad effect. Think to a time when hurtful things were said to you and how they affected you.

In the Bible, the Father tells us many times to watch our tongues and refrain them from evil, so these very things don’t happen.

Psalm 34:13~ Keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile.

1 Peter 3:10~ For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.

James 3:10~ Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

The tongue itself can tear down many good things. Part of James 3 talks about faith being evidenced by words. Verse 5 says, “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth.” How are we witnessing to others when we, as Believers, curse and use the Lord’s name in vain? We aren’t helping those who are new Believers (or unbelievers) grow when they here us swearing and cursing the Father. Aren’t we to help them to grow? To be examples?

Exodus 20:7~ Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Matthew 5:33-36~ Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

I’ve found it takes only one accidental slip of the tongue before a younger sibling starts mimicking unkind words. Even when we are joking with one another we shouldn’t use unkind language as it seems siblings pick up every word whether we like it or not. Words are powerful things. They can build a nation (think of Thomas Paine or Patrick Henry how they helped create the desire for freedom in the colonists) or a relationship or a family up, but with one word all can be destroyed.

“Oh be careful little mouth what you say.
Oh be careful little mouth what you say.
For the Father up above is looking down in love.
Oh be careful little mouth what you say.”

Dear readers, I pray you too will watch your tongues and how your words affect those around you.  

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