3 scriptures to ponder on.
I have then added more verses showing what can happen and happens often if not careful. (Ok, so now I added even more, but packed full of truth most of us can USE!)
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:
And a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary:
He wakeneth morning by morning,
He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
A word fitly spoken
Is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Some versions say apples of gold in a setting of silver.)
Our words can build up a person or rip them to shreds.
The following verses have remarkable wisdom. Oh, if I might live every day living with these words at the front of my mind. I am on vacation this week and it is so much easier to speak with kindness. When at work I can so easily get caught up in many things I shouldn’t. I have learned fairly well how to avoid the chatter when people begin talking about others. I can turn and walk away or turn around and get back to that which I am being paid to do.
I sometimes become so witty that I can’t control myself. My mouth, (all in fun) will join in a conversation that my ears just happen to hear while working! Sarcasm! I know I first fell in love with it many years ago watching Seinfeld! I rarely watch ANY TV these days as I see it is an absolute waste of time. I must admit I loved that show. They could talk about nothing and it would be hilarious. I am thinking mainly due to all the sarcasm.
Sarcasm can be fun banter between friends but often even in fun it can cross the line from fun to offense and rather quickly.
That being said, I have found myself in the last couple of years trying to stop myself at work. I will be chiming into a conversation at work with amazing humor. Or is it really? Most in that circle would say yes but the thing is that normally sarcasm wouldn’t be funny to someone. That someone is rarely going to hear the banter or maybe they do and even they laugh on the outside but on the inside feel something quite different. I usually have to stop myself after I have started. I pray I get better at stopping myself BEFORE I get started with the first utterance. I have a few times. I suppose like with many things, that realizing you have a problem is the first step to correcting that. We all need a laugh every so often. I maybe could work on remembering jokes. My brother is a great teller of jokes….good and clean jokes. I don’t seem to remember any and if I do I have butchered them to the point they simply are not even funny anymore. Lol
Warnings from the word of God.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold 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. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
I go back to work next week and I pray I keep these words at the front of my mind and that my words will be filled with wisdom and speak encouragement and life if they speak anything at all.
God bless all my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.
May grace and peace from our Father in Heaven be upon you all.
I will end with the verses from …
Jude 24 & 25
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.