Watch Your Tongue…

Read: Proverbs 10-12
Marked: Proverbs 12:18, There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.

I have a choice how I speak to, or about others. I can be discouraging or encouraging. I can speak as if I’m wielding a sword, cutting, hacking, piercing friend and foe alike.

There’s too much of that going on in the world and we justify it so easily. But I can also speak words of love, healing, and affirmation of which there is little in the world.

James says I am to guard my tongue because it is a fire, a world of iniquity, an unruly evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:6, 8). That’s saying something.

I must choose how I speak to, and especially about others. God will hold me accountable for every idle word I speak (Matthew 12:36). May I always choose to speak wisely.


We Do What We Most Value…

Read: Deuteronomy 30-32
Marked: Deuteronomy 30:15, See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,

Blessings and Curses are set before me, life and good, and death and evil. I can either choose to obey God and find life and good, or disobey and find death and evil. It really is a choice. So which do I value more?

Blessings and Curses…

Read: Deuteronomy 11-13
Marked: Deuteronomy 11:26, Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:

God always gives us a choice. He gave Adam and Eve a choice in the garden. He still gives us choices today. His choices are summed up in this verse about blessings and curses. Which do I choose?

Would anyone deliberately choose a curse? Yet, by ignoring the plain word of God we choose a curse rather than a blessing.