I've been amazed at the things that are coming out of people's mouths over the last few months. If we prayed as much as we talked, sniped, argued and berated - the nation would be in a different place. I now know why the Lord had me study the book of James so intensely! I've spoken out of turn more times then I can count, but I'm thankful for the grace of God and the Word of God, which is constantly correcting me and training me.
Some of you know I keep a list of what I like to call; Dr. Nay's Random Life Lessons and I love to share them with the world. Now please don't respond if your temper gets tweaked, the Lord teaches me these life lessons usually because I've been guilty of them at one time or another in my own life. So I'm pointing the finger at me first – hey, then I have three more pointing back at me again cause you can't count your thumb – LOL!
So here is Random Life Lesson 438…
Words can be used as weapons. Be careful how you use them. You might shoot yourself in the foot. Ha, you might even kill yourself or someone you care about by playing around with a loaded "word." So the next time you go to speak remember, "Words don't kill people, people who use them incorrectly kill people."
James 3:2 - The New Living Translation
Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
There's always a time or place to speak, to stand up boldly for the Lord. But that is not what I'm talking about, I'm talking about gossip masked as prayer requests, attacks hidden under personal opinion, statements that simply don't need to be stated and fact finding that is grounded in falsehood.
Let's not make our brother and sisters victims of "friendly fire." We're in a war – we're in the army of the Most High God. Let's aim our weapons in the spirit realm and take the enemy out. As Christians let's pray more and talk less. I'm praying daily that the Lord would cover my emotions and help me guard my own tongue. Heck, I don't want the guilt of shooting anybody; I've got enough stuff to repent of already. And I don't want to be shot, seems to me that being shot could be pretty be painful…
So, that's His word, and I'm sticking to it.