Prayer Focus: Personal Repentance.
“Be careful little lips what you say…Be careful little lips what you say. For the Father up above is looking down with love. Oh be careful little lips what you say.”
That’s a line from a Children’s worship song from YEARS ago. So basic and yet so true. If only we could guard our lips from speaking careless and hurtful things about and to each other!
The Bible is very clear about how evil the tiny little tongue can be. It says in James chapter 3, that the tongue is “restless and evil, full of deadly poison.” The question for us today is are we throwing poison darts at our Brothers and Sisters here Calvary Mac through our words? Or do we have words that uplift and encourage each other? Read James 3:6-12.
6When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Dear Jesus, give us strength today to speak only those encouraging words you put in our mouths. Amen!