Friday, September 23, 2011

A Sharp Razor

 1Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.
 2The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
 3Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.
 4Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. 
(Psalm 52:1-4, King James Version)

A Sharp Razor

The Psalmist, in Psalm 52, compares the tongue to a sharp razor. Can anything be more true that this in the 21st Century. What does man love more than anything? Man loves to cut others to shreds with his tongue. More than one life has been ruined by the deceitfulness of someones sharp tongue.

What about in Christian circles? Surely this is not the case, is it? Sadly, many a Christian has been devoured by the sharp razor of another Christian's tongue! Why is that? What causes us to be so thoughtless of one another?

In the end, it always comes down to the root of pride, does it not? Is not this the same sin which caused the downfall of Adam and Eve? As a matter of fact, is this not the sin that caused the downfall of Lucifer? In our foolish pride we condemn the actions of others so that we might look better in the eyes of those to whom we are speaking. Yet, in doing so, we are showing that we, too, love evil more than good.

The book of James addresses this very topic:
 4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (James 3:4-5, King James Version)
As Christians, let us pray for the grace of God to keep us from using our tongues as a sharp razor. May we, instead, use our tongues to praise Him for the great things He has done in our lives. This reminds me of a song we used to sing when I was young.
Oh be careful little tongue what you say.
Oh be careful little tongue what you say,
For the Father up above is looking down in love.
Oh be careful little tongue what you say.
May the Father up above find us loving and praising Him with our tongues!

God Bless You,

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