James 3:9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

For such a small muscle, it can wreak havoc in a person’s life by causing major communication breakdown. As I re-read this scripture in several different translations, these words  …”My brethren, these things ought not to be this way…”   impacted me in such a way that I have spent the afternoon with it rippling and rolling through my thought processes.

Recently I told a young friend of mine, who was generally unable to say anything positive or encouraging to others , that perhaps she should not say anything if it is negative or hurtful.  She replied, “well that would be lying,”  Her response took me by surprise, she was right.

As a follower of Jesus Christ and His teachings, there are  times when what I say is not encouraging or a blessing to my heavenly Father.  I do not like when I disappoint Adonai.  I can only liken this to the moment when my heart is either consumed by joy or broken with disappointment when my children use negative or hateful words or when they speak words of love and compassion.  

After a few minutes, digesting the response my young friend gave, I replied “it is true that lying is not what Jesus would want you to do, but He gave us a way to speak truth in all things;  His Grace. Mercy and Compassion.   Realizing that my young friend did not grasp the concept, I gave her a few examples of how to be compassionate and loving while giving the truth. After all, regardless of your circumstances, the “Truth” will always set you free.  John 8:39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did.

How do we keep our communication (tongue) inline with what God wants?  Although at times it may seem impossible, it really is a matter of the heart.  Where does my heart stand regarding Jesus?  Do I love Him unconditionally?  Is Jesus FIRST in my life? Does a desire so deep within my soul long to know Him more?  Do I read the Word of God?  Do I speak to God, through Jesus?  Do I walk, talk and love like Him? I believe that all of these questions are relevant to communication.  Regardless if I am communicating with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors or people who simple cross my path for a brief moment in time.  In my own personal self examination, there a few questions that I desire to answer differently.  That is what Adonai has imparted into my heart through this bit of scribble.     Whether I exercise my body, my mind or my heart – all of it should be with the mind of Jesus Christ.   What does He say to you?

Ephesians 4:29 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.

By Sister Diana

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