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Power of the tongue!

MaddMatt

16 year(s) ago

In speaking tonight with a brother in Christ, he mentioned something that I thought was worth wile posting something here at MyPraize. The power of the tongue. Wow! If I could even come close to articulating in typing, what I feel passionately about this topic, I would be happy. The tongue is so powerful, and yet we are so careless as to how we use it. Scripture is full of verses that deal with the issue of the tongue, and using it wisely. Instead of typing a bunch of “thought” on the subject I want to share with you, a personal experience. In 1992, 1993 and 1994 I was on staff with YWAM (Youth With a Mission), with a summer camp ministry. We did summer camps all over Canada, and Eastern U.S. At these camps, we had a very strict rule: “No put down humor.” Put down humor is, “speaking death.” We had a zero tolerance for put down Humor with the staff, and with all of the campers. I want to tell you folks, it was amazing. When no one could put anyone else down, even in humor, God revealed to me the power of the tongue. There was such an uplifting spirit in that camp, and everyone lifted each other up, instead of putting down. Each new group that came in, we had to start all over again. When we speak, principalities move, and doors open. I do not want to get into that “deep” of an analogy, but in reality, every time we speak discouragement we are speaking “death.” Every time we speak uplifting, encouragement we speak “Life.” We can either glorify Satan, or we can glorify God. The biggest realization, as to the impact that those summers with YWAM, came to me when I came home. Someone made a very simple, non aggressive joke toward me. Something that would have never bothered me three months earlier. When they said it, my Spirit ached. My feelings were not hurt. I “personally” did not take offense. My Spirit, however, grieved. To this day, if someone says something like, “Nice haircut, next time have the lawn mower sharpened…” I just say, “Death has no hold on me, and never will.” In a sense, I am doing two things. I am rejecting what they said, and not allowing it to have any part of my life, and I am keeping myself from speaking death back at them. They did not mean any harm. They did not even offend me, or hurt my feelings. But to mock someone else is to break their spirit. Here are a few Scriptures to think about. I would encourage everyone to really think about the power of your tongue. Instead of using “put-down” humor, why not use encouragement, and uplifting words? I will not comment on each Scripture below, but please take the time to really contemplate each one, and apply it to your life. Pr 10:19 19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. 1Pe 3:10 10For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. Jas 4:11 11Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. Ps 101:5 5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. Matthew 15:17-19 17"Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Slandering others ranks right up there with: Murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, and false testimony! Pr 13:1-4 1 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke. 2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence. 3 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. 4 The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Tit 3:1-3 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. 3At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. I will end with a quote from Will Roger’s: "If there is no malice in your heart, there can't be none in your jokes," -Will Rogers PS- Any fellow YWAM’ers out there? PM me! -Matt Gaiser

SmilinBob

16 year(s) ago

I don't think there is malice in a joke when you make fun of your friend's hair. You say your spirit aches when someone makes a joke about you, but it is obvious that you are offended not just your spirit. I think it is all about the setting and who you are with, if its your best friend I don't think they would care if you bug them about there hair or make some joke at thier expense. But if it is someone you just met, it would be rude to make joke about them. I think your being a little too sensative about this.

MaddMatt

16 year(s) ago

I was very clear to say, [quote]"They did not even offend me, or hurt my feelings.[/quote] To speak negativity toward others is not of God, and does not glorify God (period). You may find it funny, but the real question is, "Does it glorify Him, and does He find it amusing?" I would say, if you can answer, "Yes, it glorifies God." Then say it. -Matt

SmilinBob

16 year(s) ago

Does everything have to Glorify god? I don't know god, god could find it amusing, how could anyone know what god finds amusing or not? I know what you said but it still sounded like you got offended.

DHfan

16 year(s) ago

we are supposed to glorify God through everything.... our thoughts, actions, and words..... we are supposed to live for god 24/7/365..... and that includes the things that we say to other people

SmilinBob

16 year(s) ago

How do you glorify god when you eat a sandwich or give a report in class? There are things you just do, not for any reason. When your shooting the breeze wth someone how are you glorifying god? The point that I am trying to make is that there is grey areas, not glorifying god and not disrespecting god.

DHfan

16 year(s) ago

there are no grey areas when it comes to glorifying God. glorifying God does not necessarily mean what we think it means. we think that it means lifting up our hands and singing and the such like that. glorifying God (worshipping) is not just that. we can worship God in absolutely everything we do. we worship God by helping others. we worship God by thinking good thoughts not because we believe it is right but because God says it is right. you can worship God at any moment in time by having your heart in the right place and by not thinking of solely worldy things

ANGELSFLUTTERBYE

16 year(s) ago

[b]DHfan wrote:[/b] [quote]there are no grey areas when it comes to glorifying God. glorifying God does not necessarily mean what we think it means. we think that it means lifting up our hands and singing and the such like that. glorifying God (worshipping) is not just that. we can worship God in absolutely everything we do. we worship God by helping others. we worship God by thinking good thoughts not because we believe it is right but because God says it is right. you can worship God at any moment in time by having your heart in the right place and by not thinking of solely worldy things[/quote] WE CAN SERVE THE ADVERSARY OR GOD BUT ITS UP 2 US 2 CHOOSE WHO WE WILL SERVE. WE CAN LIVE 4 GOD OR THE DEVIL BUT NEVER 4 OURSELVES (that would b living 4 u no who):silly: SHINE BRIGHT 4 JESUS!!!!:side:

Luke

16 year(s) ago

I trust that the Bible is all true. I trust the cannonization process and that every book in there was chosen by the Holy Spirit. the apocraphel (whatever) books are a different story. If you were to argue from them then I might argue back. some of it is true, but I know that much of it is lies written by non christians. so, yes, I disagree with anything disagreeing with the bible, because I know it's true. other books, we can argue about, because they are partially true, but not chosen by the Holy Spirit to be the word of God. I believe in the justification of the Holy Spirit for the words of God. -Luke

MisterNathan

16 year(s) ago

It's true that we need to watch what we say, as the Bible does point out "in the tongue is the power of life and death." (paraphrased from memory) However, God has a sense of humor, just look at some of us humans and you can tell that. I think "put-down humor" as it was put, can be funny, and can be negative. It all depends on the spirit of the person making the joke and the spirit of the person receiving it. I believe God understands a little "negative humor" between friends, such as making a joke about your best friend's hair cut. I think we need to watch what company we're in when we make those sort of jokes, but I do not believe that they glorify Satan. I think, and I am not intending to judge anyone, that this is taking the power of the tongue to the extreme. We need to find a balance. While it is true the the tongue can break someone's spirit and murder them spiritually, saying that their haircut is bad, among the right company, will do no damage.

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