That Tongue

Pastor Marshall Brandon
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That Tongue | June 26th, 2013

That Tongue

Sticks and StonesWhen I was growing up, there was a phrase that sounded good but was as false as false could be. Whenever I was bullied, teased, or put down, this phrase would run through my mind to comfort me, but I knew it wasn’t true.

Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me!

We know that statement is wrong don’t we?

Have you ever been hurt by the words of others? Has the sting of a critical comment remained with you longer than you care to admit? The worst part of it all is that the wounds usually come from those we don’t expect to hurt us. Family members, friends, and people we thought we knew.

Words do hurt, and comments do cut . . . often worse than any knife ever could. I have had lots of physical fights and wounds in my lifetime, and I don’t remember any of them like I do the words from others that have so deeply hurt me. Broken bones heal much more quickly than wounds that are left by an out of control tongue!

What has come from your mouth today, yesterday, or last week ? I don’t know about you but some of my biggest mistakes are the ones I make with my mouth. Why do I do this? Why do you do this?

Jesus tells us: It’s a heart problem!

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

My heart, your heart, is wicked and we need a Savior to transform our hearts so that we might speak words that give life and not death; words that build others up and not tear them down!

A good heart will not produce bad fruit! What is the condition of your heart? People can tell what’s in our hearts by listening to our speech.

Let’s ask God to help us be authentic, Spirit-controlled Christians who speak words of life, not words of death, building others up rather than tearing them down.

Remember: words do hurt!!!!

  • Sabrina

    The healing takes lots of time that often seems to get cut short. As community happens then it dwindles and sources of options fall away and networks move away.

  • skip robokoff

    Amen! If words could kill, I would be dead a hundred times, and I myself would be guilty of genocide. Why are prophets like this man so rare? It’s one of the reasons we are losing our moral grounding as a society. Thank you so much sir. You have convicted me! -Skip Robokoff


    Hi Pastor Brandon!
    Although we all stumble in our ways at times, in keeping with James 3:1-12 and this blog post, it also seems wise to always be sure the reins to the bits in our mouths go to the Spirit’s hands, and not to human hands. Sometimes we must speak words people do not want to hear, that ‘hurt’ because His intention is to heal. Removing a dried up stinking bandage over someone’s infected wound hurts, no matter how gentle we try to be. But without Godly care of the wound, the flesh beneath the bandage rots. When we are spiritually young Christians we do not understand this because we are still impulsive, don’t like to wait for results, and want immediate relief from our suffering (that our pride blinds us to falsely believe we don’t ‘deserve’ in the first place).

    In regards to both our speech and actions, if we find the Spirit is leading us one way, and a human(s) another way, then our only option is to go with the Spirit, who will make our crooked paths straight.

    For example, this horse got it right. Must have been a Christian horse!
    “…I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me -the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24). Was that horse thinking this? Neigh.


  • Decon

    Ephesians 4:29 speaks well of comments . Thank you .

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