I have a love hate relationship with my tongue. Well not really the tongue itself but with the words that it speaks. I actually feel this way about everybody's um... tongue you know? But it's not just what we say to each other but who we say it to. If I have been offended by a particular person I hope I would go to them and just speak honestly in love. And... I want people to do that with me as well. Oh I might be able to "get it out of my system" if I vent to another person. However, if I never approach the one that offended me, there are two things that can happen ... one, the person will never know and will miss the opportunity to explain if there has been a misunderstanding (we don't always know what a person's intent is) or apologize if there is a need for it; or two, they will hear of the situation from someone else and this causes all sorts of hurt. It would make them feel like I have been talking behind their back...which would be true. I don't want to do this, I don't want it done to me, and I don't want it done to those I love either. The tongue and the words it speaks.... the power to heal or hurt... love or hate. Today I choose love, and I pray that I make the same choice every day.
The book of James tells me all about the tongue. It's such a little member of the body, but it can do so much harm. We can speak words that bless You and words that curse man who is made in Your image. A few words can uplift, encourage, and do positive things in a person's life and a few words can also put down, discourage, and ruin a person's life. Please forgive me for allowing any words to leave my mouth that would harm others and dishonor You. I pray that my words will be honest and positive; that they will inspire and challenge others to greatness. Show me who You want me to encourage through my words today. Please help me to affirm someone close to me today, that they will be blessed and You will be glorified.
In Jesus' name I pray