Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to watch what you say all the time? I’ve noticed this in my own life. I’ll go to church on Sunday, praise Jesus, then after the service judge someone on what they’re wearing, and gossip to a friend. Or I’ll get back from a rad youth group, turn on the news, and yell at the people I assume are idiots on the screen. Sometimes I’ll even be driving home from church, a car will cut in front of me, and with all of my positive, holy, and spiritual anger, I scream out kind and gentle hate words (sarcasm). Even right now! I’m writing this super righteous and spiritual blog (sarcasm) and I spilled my cherry soda on my pajamas. But because of how just and holy I am, I only said dang. (sorry mom) (and yes I type in my PJ’s. I’m also laying down with my laptop on my belly. Don’t judge me I’m a Christian.[once again…sarcasm])
Definition: the fleshy muscular organ in the mouth of a mammal, used for tasting, licking, swallowing, and (in humans) articulating speech.
The tongue is the rudder that guides our sailboats. It drives the directions of our hearts. It shows the world what’s inside of us. With it we shout words of love and encouragement, then turn around and jab words of hate. It helps defines our characters. It molds and shapes our definition.
You cannot domesticate the tongue. To the tongue, we are the animals, and it is our rider. The rider can shoot t-shirts out of a t-shirt cannon and bring joy to those it passes by, or it can fire arrows full of deadly poison to terrorize the roads ahead.
It’s hard to understand the tongue. It’s a necessary evil that live inside of us. There are times when my own tongue will slander someone who contains the image of God.
If you hang out with me a lot, you’d understand just how sarcastic I am. One of my favorite lines is, “Hey dude, I thought you were a Christian?” I say this when a fellow Jesus’ loving buddy of mine messes up, does something wrong, or says something bad. Some of them laugh, some get fussy, but I think it’s hilarious. Another line that a buddy of mine developed is, “Acts 5:29, I listen to God not man!” We use this when someone tells us what to do.
These obnoxious one liners have been used so much that it’s almost habit of me to say them. Most of the time I use them to be funny, but sometimes I actually am being insulting. I judge what somebody else did, or I don’t care what someone else wants me to do.
One of my favorite verses in the bible is John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Most of us know it, some of us have it memorized, but a lot of us forget the next verse.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:17 ESV)
We tend to be the accusers, the prosecutors, and are often harsher judges than God. We forget that people aren’t defined by their actions, but by God’s love for them. Even though we don’t like them, God still loves them.
I wish I knew this kind of deep, wide, enormous, immense, massive, and everlasting kind of love. Instead I choose to love only those who deserve love. I judge those who I think are idiots, scary-looking, thugs, sluts, and not as good as me. I choose not to love the one’s who are in my church that I don’t know, the one’s who are on the news that are just doing their jobs, and the ones that cut me off, even though they were all created in the image of God.
I want to be able to see sinners as God sees them. Or better said, as God sees me.
Jesus isn’t interested in condemning our past. He wants to rescue our futures.
Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, neither should we.
I’m going to try to watch what comes out of my tongue more often. The things I say can weigh a heavy load on someone else’s back. It can build some up, or bring someone down. It can create happiness, or destroy a lifetime. Maybe I can’t control it, but God sure can, and He’s willing to help anyone who wants it. I love ya dudes, I hope this is encouraging.