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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sometimes We Need to Say Nothing At All

As I said yesterday, my little brother Ben got married this past weekend. The church was beautiful, everyone looked gorgeous, and my brother made everyone cry when he sang, "When You Say Nothing At All."
The tears however were short lived because as soon as Ben finished singing the song the preacher leaned up and said, "Ben, I just want you to know that there will never be a day when she says NOTHING at all." It caused everyone to chuckle.
But it made me really start to think. Are there times when I say nothing at all? I mean, I know there are times I should say nothing at all, but something brilliant always seems to pop into my mind, and it's out of my mouth before I can stop it.
Our tongues show who we really are deep inside. They show the wickedness or the goodness in our hearts.
Check out this verse from Matthew 12:34, "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."
It's amazing how much our tongues affect things. To be such a small part of the body, it sure can do big things. The words we speak can bring others to cry, laugh, or shout, you name it. Knowing that our tongues have such affect on others should really cause us to control them more.
Because one wrong word out of our mouths can ruin the words we may later want to say for Christ. I don't know about you, but I want there to be more times when I say nothing at all so that when I do speak it means something for Christ!

12 Comments:

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Dawn said...

Oh gosh I bet that was so funny to hear the preacher say that! Hate to admit it...but yeah it's pretty much true...hehe

It's so true our tongues can really hurt and I know I've been guilty of this so maybe saying nothing at all in this case could be a good thing.

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger staceyhoff said...

Matthew 12:34, "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."

Oh, how I know this scripture all to well. This is not one I still have to memorize, because God has caused me to commit it to memory a long,long time ago! I have had the Lord bring me this and similar scriptures (the tongue being like the rudder on a boat) and scriptures about self-control, to match the theme: like a man with no control over his own self is like a city without walls.
So many times, I can pray and ask God to help me say good things, at the good times, words perfumed with the spirit of God~ and He can be so faithful to do that at times, for the encouragement of others, despit my sinfullness in this area of my mouth~ and, so many times, he has said as an answer to that prayer of mine: Matthew 12:34, "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." It will always be my temptation, I think, to 'run off at the mouth', showing a lack of self-control. I have to work diligently to beat my body and make it my slave, just as it says in scriptures,in order to keep my tongue under check. It really, truly is 'a restless evil.' Thanks for this post. I needed to hear it today! God bless you and little one :) LOve to you! XOXO

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Susanne said...

Congrats to your brother!

Oh the tongue, that unruly little member. I'm like you and sometimes things just pop right out there. But like you I want the majority of times when I do speak to mean something for Christ.

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Popping in to say hi...Congrats on your brothers wedding =))

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger aggiejenn@ReflectingHim said...

There are SO many times I need to say nothing at all and REALLY want to! That tongue, it is hard to control.

Hope you're doing well!!

 
At 7:21 AM, Blogger GiBee said...

Congratulation's Ben!!!

 
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