http://www.greeleygazette.com – January 10, 2011

THE TONGUE HAS THE POWER OF LIFE OR DEATH

By: Carol Clemans

In this pre-election political atmosphere, many tongues are wagging rapidly to and fro. Instead of sticking to the issues, politicians start degrading each other by their words. It’s like watching children fussing and no one taking the blame for all that has gone wrong.

The Bible talks about the tongue and the words we speak. It tells us that the tongue has the power of life or death. Abusive cutting words have the ability to be branded on a person’s heart. An adult that was verbally abused as a child can still ‘hear’ the degrading cutting words he was told. “Your stupid, your ugly, I hate you, your no good, you’ll never amount to anything!” These painful words can bring ‘death’ to the dreams and hopes of a child because they believe what they heard. The opposite is true with words of love, encouragement and acceptance. These words implant faith and confidence in the heart of a child to become all they desire to be as an adult.

What types of words are spoken in your home? Are your words loving, kind, encouraging and patient? Do your words wrap themselves around the hearts of your family with a feeling of warmth and safety? How do you deal with stress? Do you ‘blow off the handle’ when you are angry? Does the family cringe in fear when you get upset?

Many people do not want to be reminded that all of us will stand before God and give an account for every idle word that we speak. Yes, it’s true. God knows every word we say. The tongue can only be tamed if we allow God’s Spirit to have control of that one unruly member of our body.

Isaiah the prophet said, “The LORD GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary–.” (Isaiah 50:4) Our politicians need to pray for a ‘tongue of the learned.’ America needs words of wisdom, guidance, direction and hope for this great country. God, stir the hearts and tongues of our leaders to speak words of truth and life for our nation.

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastor Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for conferences. She provides counseling nationwide by phone or web cam – (636) 448-0121. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for bio and products.

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