Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Proverbs 13:3 NIV

“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”

 

Samuel Tannenbaum in his paper “Slips of the Tongue by Shakespeare” (look at me classing things up a bit) tells us that, with no real psychological understanding of the phenomenon, used the slip of the tongue to effectively reveal secrets. I’ve said things that to this day I still regret. One of the saving graces in my personal story is that for much of my life there was no social media. Thankfully I learned lessons early and have refrained from the same level of stupidity on social media, most of the time. Some of my slips cost me a depth of relationship that I would love to have in my life today but none of them cost me, or even threaten to cost me, my life. Solomon wants us to consider the heavy weight of poorly spoken words and comments about others. It may not cost you your physical life but it can certainly damage your relationships. The pause to consider can take but a moment, however the resulting decision on what is best not said can have results that benefit you and others for decades. James, Jesus’s little brother, put great emphasis on the power and damage we can do with our tongue. Today watch what you say and try to limit yourself to speaking words of healing and life. #BeTheEdge

 

“Do not let any 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 ‭NIV‬‬