I believe that the words we choose to use, especially when we are trying to encourage others on these blogs should be well thought out before posted. When we start arguing and offending each other, we have to remember that God is watching every one of us, and when we offend or argue with each other, think about it, are our words Glorifying God or are they pleasing our enemy, satan? The devil loves to see us tear each other down. Let's seek to please God with our words and actions. Amen?
---Cynthia on 8/30/07|
I believe that statement to be very true as well. I will never forget a statement I heard a beloved brother say concerning words and the tongue. He stated that he would rather face a man with a gun, than a believer with an uncontrolled tongue. James 3 is also very plain about the tongue...if a man is able to bridle his tongue, he is able to control his whole body. Yes, our words are one of our greatest weapons, or our greatest friends and we alone choose WHICH one they become.
---Deborah on 8/30/07|
I would agree with that statement. But we have to always be careful to speak the truth, as well. Everything we as Christians do should be done in love.
I feel we should learn to give credit where credit is due. And to whom it is due. The truth is not always a sweet pill to swallow. We should keep that in mind also. In the end if we what we say does not help or enlighten someone, keep quiet.
---Robyn on 8/23/07|
That is right. For whatever came out from men's mouth had an affect on others. His words reflected his real character too. People can judge men from his words.
---yang7996 on 8/23/07|
True we are responsible for our words and expressions we use towards another. It also helps us when we "fail" this because we can use it as a speed bump and say slow down wooo where did that come from? It helps us check and guard our own hearts also.
---Jeanne on 11/25/06|
What is up with all of this correcting mima? This is a perfect example of what mima was saying. Yes, we should watch what we say and how we say it. Sure people are going to make slips of the tongue, but that's no reason to critize anyone. Nobody is perfect. I had a friend that always opened her mouth and said what she wanted. It hurt me to the point that I just couldn't take it any more and I just backed away. We are suppose to accept everyone for who they are, but sometimes there's a limit.
---Norma7374 on 11/25/06|
Hey Barb...I've befriended and even been in relationsip w/ Bi-polars...in college the Pres. of the Natural Science club was bi-polar; [I was vice pres...]...he blurted what he wanted and when he wanted w/out inhibition...but people loved his apparent lack of concern for the opinion of others. It is important to speak Truth...but it is also Good to speak the Truth w/ Love and Kindness. Select your choice of words. Some people are more sensitive than others...so use tact...rachel...
---Reiter on 11/25/06|
i suffer from bi-polar and often say things i really regret later. i tend to avoid people so don't say anything wrong. then i feel lonly. how does one learn to not speak what's on ones mind to say only the good
---barb on 11/23/06|
The Word says that we will be held accountable for idle talk(Matthew 12:36,37). Even thing I post, I make sure that the Holy Spirit puts His stamp of approval on it first. Some things He wants me to say, some things He doesn't. We must have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying and OBEY Him. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/17/06|
I think it would be good to preface all the blog questions with this quote! (I think it is a typo & should be "man's".)
---Linda on 10/23/06|
I have no critical comment concerning this statement.
I embrace it's truth. Our words should be honest, gracious, uplifting, edifying & evident of faith. It is vain not to regard them & the effect they may have on others. Knowing this, we must give account of every vain useless word we speak in the day of judgment. "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Mat. 12:36,37).
---joseph on 10/22/06|
Well is it is or are it ain't? Me and Cleatus Grover from da mill pond wanna know. Or is it no?
---Elder on 10/21/06|
I apologize for not reading this entire blogg before sending a reply...The Word warns us of the insert foot syndrome by saying to salt our words. When giving advice to anyone, we should all take care to reference our opinion to the word and do our actions and words conflict with the Word of our Father. Be gentle teachers as He is to us.
In Love of Christ,
---malia4536 on 10/21/06|
I know I'm being picky but shouldn't the sentence read: "One of men's greatest responsibilities ARE the words he uses in expressions towards others or concerning others." I may be wrong but it just sounds better to me. Any english teachers out there? (sorry for dwelling on the unimportant stuff, I'm just being curious)
---sue on 10/21/06|
Many people just open mouth and insert foot.
Thought should be put behind every word we utter. Often its best to keep your mouth shut and just listen! What is the saying..? Some may THINK you are a fool, opening your mouth often takes away all doubt.
Ryan, it looks like he wanted the statement critiqued not his particular grammer, just glancing it seems you only changed 1 letter, was it worth it?
---NV_Barbara on 10/21/06|
God is Charity. He has a charitable heart, He doesn't make fun of your grammar or your heart's intentions. God uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.
"For with stammering lips and another tongue
He will speak to this people, to whom He said, "This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest," and, "This is the refreshing"; Yet they would not hear. Isa 28:12
---Raine on 10/20/06|
I was critiquing the sentence, as asked.
---Ryan on 10/20/06|
Does it really matter what the grammar of the sentence is? And besides, there's NO difference between the one and the other. The point is the question. Sometimes it is best to not point out someone's grammar - or lack of it. People can be really hurt by it.
---laure5759 on 10/20/06|
Your sentence is improper, it says:
"One of men's greatest responsibilities is the words he uses in expression towards others or concerning others."
It should say:
"One of men's greatest responsibilities is the words he uses in expressions towards others or concerning others."
It's a very subtle difference but it makes the sentence grammatically correct.
---Ryan on 10/19/06|
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It also helps clarify what we ourselves think--or should/should not think.
---Jack on 10/19/06|
Words many times "unintentionally" show frustration. When you try to reach someone in Love, and it is met with deaf ears, and blind eyes, many of us turn desperation into frustration. That doesn't make it right, but even as Paul found when he wanted to do good, he did wrong.
---Dottie on 10/19/06|
Rebecca D. I believe that the Bible teaches that you and I as Christians will be judged according to the rewards we will receive. Not according to our sins after we become Christians because they have all been paid for by the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are judged of our sins after becoming Christians that would nullify Jesus's judgment taken in our place.
---mima on 10/19/06|
Our tongue is our biggest weapon. because one can't take back words. Every christian will be judged by God for every word that comes out of our mouth. Knowing that should make a person think twice about opening up their mouth. You can either curse or bless a person by the words that come out of our mouth.
---Rebecca_D on 10/19/06|
Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Whatever is in your heart, will come out through your words. Helen is right, our words and uplift and encourage while at the same time they can murder someone. We need to think before we say something, make sure it's uplifting and speak it in love, not resentment or bitterness or even accidentally.
---Donna9759 on 10/19/06|
Jesus says that it is not what goes into us that makes us unclean, but what comes out of our mouths. Many of the proverbs in the Book of the same name speak about taming the tongue. And the NT also makes frequent references to this. If something is mentioned many times, perhaps we should take note of it.
---Laurel on 10/19/06|
Words are very powerful and have the power to either lift others up and encourage them, or cut them down and destroy them. As Christians we should be careful in what we say. I heard a pastor say that verbal abuse is much worse than physical abuse - I agree.
---Helen_5378 on 10/19/06|