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SCRIPTURE READING JAMES 3:8
PROVERBS 21:23

James 3:8 "But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison."

Proverbs 21:23 "Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles."

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CAN YOU COUNT TO TEN?

Have you ever spoken unkind words to someone and immediately wished you could take them back? Once the tongue has spoken, it is too late for recriminations. We cannot erase and start over. That is why it is better to leave some things unsaid.

James so rightly said,"...the tongue can no man tame." Yet if we are Christians, and if we truly strive toward bridling our tongue, God will help us. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen.

If only we could learn to count to ten. Yes, I said, count to ten! I'm sure each of us learned to do this before age six, but we don't do it often enough as adults. When someone makes you angry or say's something you don't like, instead of retaliating, count! The point is that you wait a minute or so before you speak. Think about what you are going to say and make sure you won't regret it later. I'm sure you can still remember hurtful words others have spoken to you in the past. Words spoken in haste or anger often cause hurt feelings and are never forgotten.

I'd like to challenge each one of you to notice what you say this week. Think back to the last time someone said or did something that made you angry. How did you handle it. How do you wish you had handled it? What would you like to do different next time you are caught in a similar situation? Listen to yourself this week and see how many times you can just wait before you speak!

Jesus reminds us in Matthew 15:11, "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."

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WAIT

Unkind words...spoken in anger,
Not said intentionally but now too late
To call them back and undo the harm
That thoughtless, angry words create.
How quick the tongue to bring them forth
When it should...in silence...wait.

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GOD BLESS EACH ONE OF YOU AND I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK.

LOVE, MEME


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