Watch Your Tounge!
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV) Ephesians 4: 29
I saw a trailer for a new Eddie Murphy movie yesterday, called A Thousand Words. The film is about this fast-talking literary agent, Jack McCall, who can talk and lie his way out of anything. One day though, he lies to the wrong person, promising to publish the book of a New Age Guru, Dr. Sinja. For lying to him, Dr. Sinja binds McCall’s life force to a tree and every time he speaks a leaf falls off. Now Jack must survive by not talking or else he will cause all of the leaves to fall off, causing him to die.
I can’t tell how many times I wished that I could keep my big mouth shut, unlike Jack. There are so many times where my careless tongue has hurt the feelings of my friends and family. It has also got me in a lot of trouble with other people who I didn’t know. I’ve learned that what comes out of my mouth can have after affects on myself and those that I come in contact with.
The Seventh-Day Adventist religion is known as a religion of no’s. People get that impression because the first thing they find out is what Adventists cannot do. Situations like these can be avoided if the person representing the Adventist church did not just focus on what Adventist do not allow; instead they should start with our core beliefs and messages.
What comes out of our tongue has a permanent and lasting effect on people. If our tongue is not tamed we can hurt so many people, we can make a better impression of Christ.