ORANGE TIP FOR THE WEEK: Mind your tongue
The events of the last few days have been an awful reminder of the power and impact of words.
The world around us is realising that the words we use do matter. What we say is powerful.
As followers of Jesus this should be no surprise to us. The Bible is full of warnings about the power of the tongue.
Your tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21
Almost every article in the news this week about the events in Christchurch and the rhetoric leading up to and following from it could have been followed by Jesus’ words from the sermon on the mount;
“You have heard what was said to people who lived long ago. They were told, ‘Do not commit murder. Anyone who murders will be judged for it.’ But here is what I tell you. Do not be angry with a brother or sister… And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire in hell”. Matt 5:21-22
How do the words we use at home impact our kids, brothers, sisters, families?
Do you always have a ‘killer’ retort?
Do we excuse our words thinking they do no real harm? The Bible disagrees!
In the same way, the tongue is a small part of a person’s body. But it talks big. Think about how a small spark can set a big forest on fire. The tongue is also a fire. The tongue is the most evil part of the body. It makes the whole body impure. It sets a person’s whole way of life on fire. And the tongue itself is set on fire by hell. James 3:5-6
Maybe we are always kind, gentle and loving in our words to our family.
What about what we say about others in front of our kids?
How do we talk about our work colleagues, our friends, our fellow church members, our pastors, “those kids”, “that family”?
How do we talk about our neighbours, the driver who just cut us off, the person at the supermarket who was rude to us?
How do we talk about refugees, immigrants, the homeless, the poor?
How do we talk about our enemies, those who disagree with us, those who want to hurt us?
What influence are our words having on our kids?
With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. With our tongues we curse people. We do it even though people have been created to be like God. Praise and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it shouldn’t be this way. James 3:9-10
This week, of all weeks, we must heed Jesus’ instruction to call ourselves to a higher standard.
But here is what I tell you. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you. Then you will be children of your Father who is in heaven. He causes his sun to shine on evil people and good people. He sends rain on those who do right and those who don’t. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Even the tax collectors do that. If you greet only your own people, what more are you doing than others? Even people who are ungodly do that. So be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matt 5:44-49
And if we have ears, let us hear!
What is ‘Orange’? Orange is a visual reminder that to help our kids follow Jesus the church and families need to work together.
If RED represents the love and heart of families for their kids…
And YELLOW represents the light that the church should be in the world…
Then ORANGE is when we come together, work together and guide our children together.
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