To Be An Arsonist or Not To Be…

JAMES 3vs5-6


“Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything,” (Proverbs 13:3 NLT).  “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences,” (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)



The tongue may be a tiny member of the body, but oh the disasters it can cause without practicing self-control.  The tongue has within it the power of life and death.  The tongue can tear down or build up, curse or bless, complain or speak gratefulness, tells lies or tells the truth…  This tiny member of the body causes many problems when left unchecked and when left untamed.
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We need to practice self-control, and with the Holy Spirit living within us, we cannot say we can’t control what we say because self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.  So since the Holy Spirit lives within us, we do have self-control.  We make the choice.
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No one can make you swear.  No one can make you tear someone down with your words.  No one can make you use ungodly or unwholesome speech.  You and only you choose how you will react in your use of speech.  Let your speech be filled with saltiness and filled with grace.  God will not hold someone else accountable for your words; He will hold you accountable.  We are told in Romans 14:12 (NLT), “Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God,” and in Matthew 12:35-37 (NLT), Jesus said, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
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“In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it boasts of great things. Consider how small a spark sets a great forest on fire. The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell,” (James 3:5-6).

What you say does have consequences.
For example:  If you are lying to a someone and that someone finds out you are lying, you will have destroyed the person’s trust in you, proven yourself to be untrustworthy, and if you ever speak to that person again, there will be doubt as to whether or not you have told the truth.

As children of God, our speech is to be different than the world’s speech. Blessings and curses should not be flowing out of the same mouth because the Word of God tells us in Colossians 4:6, “Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”  In Ephesians 4:29 (BSB), it states, Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.”
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If you were face to face with Christ, standing there in front of you, would you speak carelessly, not caring what Christ would say or would you be careful of the words you speak if you were standing face to face with Christ?  We may not be able to see Jesus, but He did say He would be with us until the end, which means He is with you no matter what you are doing, no matter where you go, and no matter who you are talking to.
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PRAYER Heavenly Father, You are the All-Knowing and All-Seeing God.  You are holy, and You have commanded me to be holy.  You are pure and wholesome, and You command me to walk in Your ways.  Help me to always remember that no matter what I say or do, You are with me, and because I am Your child, I represent You.  Help me to never bring shame to You or Your name.  Let my speech be seasoned with salt and filled with grace as Your Word commands. Fill me with Your words so I may build others up, and Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and work the fruit of self-control within me.  Help me to choose wholesome speech, pleasing to Your ears.  In words and actions, Lord, make me more and more like You so I may act wisely amongst those who do not believe and be encouraging to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.



Linda A. Knowles


“The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly,” (Proverbs 15:2 (ESV)

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This Right Called “Freedom Of Speech”

I absolutely love my country, but the people in my country…  We hold to our Constitution.  We have rights that are given to us as citizens of the United States of America, and as citizens, we exercise those rights; however, we should exercise those rights responsibly.  While exercising those rights responsibly sounds like a great idea or something we should already be doing, many times we fail in the responsibly part.

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Write your little heart out.  Blog your little heart out.  Speak your mind, and freely speechify or grandstand as much as you want.  Don’t hold back.  Just remember  words uttered without thought to your fellow man or woman, in other words without an ounce of consideration or courtesy, will be held against you no matter whom you are addressing and by those who are merely spectators.

Freedom of speech does not allow for us to scream “FIRE!” in a crowded theater scaring the living daylights out of everyone to the point where they are stampeding out the door.  Freedom of speech does not allow for us to breathe death threats or threats of bodily harm to another.  In both those cases, consequences are sure to follow.  Admittedly though, people have the freedom to act as stupidly as they want because it’s a free country.  They should know they need to own the garbage they created and now have to pay the consequences.  Consequences are not something we choose.  Consequences happen.

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It’s always good to refresh your mind on what your rights are as a citizen.  So I got this quote from the site http://www.usconstitution.net:  “Amendment I FREEDOM OF RELIGION, SPEECH, PRESS, ASSEMBLY, AND PETITION.  Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791.  The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances…”

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…but Political rallies bring out the worst in people.  I get it.  All of us are passionate about what we so strongly believe as individuals, what we consider important and moral, concerned how whatever happens affects us and our families, the communities we live in.  The reality is though there will always be disagreements and lack of unity.  And there is only one race: the human race; but I digress.Hatred 1.jpg

People make choices as to what they say or how they’ll react.  <> I had a pastor who taught me never make decisions in the heat of emotion, and refrain from speaking in the heat of emotion.  He taught me to step back immediately, to wait until calmed down, and then THINK about what to say or what to do.  Yeah, admittedly, I have not always taken to that wise advice even though there are times I do.

Peaceful assembly?…  How can an assembly be peaceful when speeches (words spoken) incite violence?  I would like to believe the ones making the speeches would consider their words carefully before spouting them.  How is the crowd going to react?  But then again, those protesting also use words.  The responsibility of words falls upon anyone who speaks.  “If I say this, will it incite violence?”  “Do my words convey hope?”   “Am I going to regret these words later on?”  “Should I calm down before I say what I can’t take back?”  “If I say these words, is there a possibility I could end up in a full body cast or end up dead?”  “If what I say infuriates the person and that person responds with an attack, will I end up retaliating or do I just keep my mouth shut?”

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Lord, please let election time get here really fast

so the madness can end.

*Sighs*

Much love to all, Diamond In The Rough