SO HOW DO USE YOUR TONGUE?
Disgustingly – LIKE THE DEPTHS OF AN UN-FLUSHED BOWL…
Or like a pure spring water fountain?
Like sweet honey…
OR A WILFUL SWORD THAT DESTROYS?
A question for you:
Is the tongue the most powerful muscular organ in the body, considering the destruction it can help cause or the love it can pour out?
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Following the advice of a writing friend, I recently joined Twitter, and ‘the world’ has virtually become ‘my oyster’!
I’m lapping it up with an eager tongue, but I am having to discern the flavours available: the sweet and the sour; the bitter and the sweet.
Fortunately, I don’t have to taste oysters; I have nothing against them – haven’t even tried them – but I have the choice and daily choices to make!
Whilst exploring another Christian friend’s profile, I came across a RT (ReTweet) of a Japanese proverb:
‘One kind word can warm three winter months.’ – Japanese proverb
I retweeted it because it struck me – perhaps I should say ‘melted me’ – into thinking about the effects of kind words versus unkind words, which led me to think up my own proverb and Tweet the following:
‘One unkind word could freeze three seasons… Choose to say a kind one!’ – Phoebe Carter – …
… and underneath gave a link to my blog: www.bog-blog.xtn.co
I couldn’t not write a blog post now, could I?
My mind started whirring into action.
I opened up a new tab for my blog, and a tab for ‘Kind words in Proverbs in the Bible’ – Google search, and straight away, scanned the text and came across these excerpts:
‘…Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body…’ NLT
‘There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue…’ ESV
I don’t have the NLT, or the ESV, but I do have the NIV Bible, (a life changing present given to me in 1989, by Anne).
Lots of cross referencing later, I came across SO many, very truthful sentences, WRITTEN so many years ago, but STILL very appropriate for today’s world!…
… SO many that I can’t really include them all here.
HOWEVER, I returned to Google and found the following link, which you might like to copy and paste:
bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Kind-Words … 14 Bible verses about Kind Words… which are clearly laid out individually, and easy to read.
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So: A tongue can be sweet like honey; kind and uplifting and mindful of others souls, good for peace, restoration and giving out hope and joy…
Or: A tongue can be wielded like a sinful sword, cutting and churning to the bones; freezing to the very painful depths of the bottom of our hearts; one that dashes any prospects of kindness, love and kindred spirit.
IN HUMAN ANATOMY:
The tongue is vital for the intake and swallowing process of our food, and vital for verbal speech.
The tongue has many nerves which help us distinguish tastes and transmits signals of like/dislike to our brains.
MAYBE, THE TONGUE IS THE MOST POWERFUL MUSCULAR ORGAN IN THE HUMAN BODY, CONSIDERING THE DESTRUCTION IT CAN HELP CAUSE, OR THE LOVE IT CAN POUR OUT…
DAILY WE NEED TO BE MINDFUL OF OUR TONGUES!
With regards to this blog post, how will you mindfully choose to use your tongue?
NIV Proverbs 16v24: ‘Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones’.