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October 11th, 2010

Remember the saying – sticks and stones will break your bones, but words can never hurt you – that’s a lie….Words have the ability to invade your heart and we spend a lifetime trying to get rid of them.

Pastor Chris Seay teaching James 3 saying we need to think before we speak because the repercussions can be unmeasurable.

A few excerpts from this book:

“The tongue is a blazing fire seeking to ignite an entire world of vices.”

“Humanity is capable of taming every bird and beast….but no man has ever demonstrated the ability to tame his own tongue!”

Chris says we need to learn how to wield the power of words because they can be wonderful or destructive.  Words, he claims, don’t stay in one place, they spread and can destroy lives.

And I agree with him.  I used to be one of those people who had no control over her mouth because I always felt believed honesty was the best policy.  I still hold that tenet close to my heart, but by adopting patience and the ability to listen into my behavior, I’m amble to be more considerate and loving with everyone in my life.

Back to James:

“One mouth streams forth both blessings and curses….this is not how it should be.  Does a spring gush crystal-clear fresh water and moments later spurt out bitter salt water?”

So when we focus on being honest and considerate, we should employ those skills in all situations. 

I have been trying to not get so worked up over situations I can’t control for my own well-being, and I’ll tell you, my stress level has drastically decreased.  And I hope those in my company feel that same sense of ease and grace as well.

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