Monday, August 09, 2010

Tame the Tongue

1 Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.

2 Do not be rash with your mouth,
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth;
Therefore let your words be few.
3 For a dream comes through much activity,
And a fool’s voice is known by his many words.
4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it;
For He has no pleasure in fools.
Pay what you have vowed—
5 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.

6 Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.
(Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, New King James Version)

Tame the Tongue

This Bible passage from Ecclesiastes 5 sounds like it could come right out of the book of James, where we read:

But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
(James 3:8, New King James Version)


How easy it is for us to speak of our love for the Lord and make vows to love and serve Him each day, but it is not always so easy to fulfill those vows when we are in the middle of life's daily struggles.

I cannot think of any more fitting advice than found in Ecclesiastes 5:2:

Do not be rash with your mouth,
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth;
Therefore let your words be few.

Yet, these are hard words to obey. How can we tame the tongue? Being impetuous people by nature, how quickly we can utter words that we find difficult to obey. It is better, we are told, that before the words even leave our mouths, we should remember that God is in heaven, but we are on earth. Rather that speak hastily, we should try to be quiet and listen.

Let us look to God to help and guide us this day to tame the tongue and let our words be few.

God Bless You,
Linda

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