Scripture Reading: James 3:2-10
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Scripture Quote: Without wood, a fire goes out; without a gossip, a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. Prov. 26:20-22 (NIV)
We may be well spoken and able to communicate with a brilliant choice of words, but to know when and where to speak and to be silent, is better than the most eloquent education. Gossip and idle criticism can be very hurtful to others and ourselves. Even those taught from the school of experience only, when they keep quiet as others prattle on, are taken to be wise - When our lips are shut we are credited with better sense than most. The receiver of gossip is also an agent of discord. If we refuse to receive the slander in the first place, it can't be propagated.
So the government of our tongues is paramount to the Christian life. God has given us two eyes, so we can see much and two ears, so we can hear much. But he gave us only one tongue and fenced it in with teeth, to clearly illustrate that although we hear and see much, we should speak only a little. Christians can choose not to let any gossip or slander come out of our mouths. When we do speak, let our words be encouraging, kind and pregnant with the love of Christ.
Today’s meditation: Speak of honorable, praise worthy things.
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 3:10 (NIV) For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.