This is one of those essays of mine, only it's really just a study in God's word on the power of our words. Bill, this one I had pretty much finished! Appropriate for tonight when a bunch of us MOBsters(Minnesota Organization Of Bloggers) will be meeting and chatting away, and our words can and will be used against us. I'm a little nervous about this. I enjoy my anonymity on the internet and meeting in person is a lot more intimate. Besides, I haven't shed those extra pounds. Oh well. Here's the essay.
Let The Word Of God Speak For Itself:
James 1: 26
If anyone among you thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
Even so, the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles our whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire by hell.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Isaiah 34:16 Search from the book of the Lord and read: not one of these shall fail, not one shall lack her mate. For my mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.
Proverbs 10: 11,13, 14
The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding...
Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
vs.19-21 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver.
The lips of the righteous feed many.
The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor.
Proverbs 12: 6
...the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
vs.13, 14 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will come through trouble.
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth.
vs 18 The tongue of the wise is health.
vs 25 Anxiety in the heart of a man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.
...the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
vs 30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart and a good report makes the bones healthy.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
27An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire.
28 A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends.
Proverbs 18: 7 A fools' mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
vs 20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth, and with the increase of his lips he shall be filled.
vs 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 25: 11
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Do not curse the king, even in your thought; do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; for a bird of the air may carry your voice, and a bird in flight may tell the matter.
Mark 11: 23
For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'be removed and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have what he says.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life.......
vs. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
John 15: 7
If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.
Revelation 12: 11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.