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The Lenten Devotion 2018: Nurturing Tongues

              Nurturing Tongues 

IMG_0558a_ppp“Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life.”

(Proverbs 18:21 (NLT)

          The New Living Translation of this Scripture gives us an unquestionably clear interpretation of Solomon’s wisdom on the power of the tongue. The more we talk, the more likely we are to experience consequences as a result of our verbosity. Our words can pronounce death or life literally, in some cases, but emotionally and spiritually in other situations.
The tongue lies, curses, accuses, belittles, embarrasses, angers, deceives mocks, demeans, espouses hate, and threatens. However, the tongue nourishes, uplifts, calms, expresses hope, cheers, brings laughter, expresses love and encourages. James tells us that no one can tame the tongue on his own. (James 3:6) Therefore, we must know that we have to rely on the Holy Spirit to keep our tongue in compliance with the Word of God.
We take for granted that each day God gives us, we will be able to speak. We speak to our family members. We speak to: our friends; to our church family and other organization members; to those we interact with on our jobs and other service professionals; to strangers we come in contact with on a daily bases; and to God, through the Holy Spirit. In all of our speaking, do we think about the consequences of our talk? Do we think about who will be impacted by our words, orally or written, directly or through a third- party?
So let us follow the words of James by being slow to speak and quick to listen. (James 1:17). Let our words nurture not harm and be guided by the Holy Spirit, so that God will be pleased with our praise and our tongues at all times.

Let’s consider: 
• The more we talk, the more likely we are to experience consequences of our words
• No one can tame the tongue on his own
• The tongue can nurture or harm
• We must rely on the Holy Spirit to keep our tongue in compliance with God’s Word

Let us Pray:  Lord thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to help guard our tongues. Amen

Sandra Edwards Champ

St. Paul A.M.E. Church

Ocala, Florida 34475



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