Busy Tongues

 

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Tongues are loose right now, and out of control, as slander, gossip, lies and denial flood the airways.

Evil is good, and good is evil.

Even the elites in government and main stream media do it.

Slander and false accusations are acceptable behavior.

Frenzied people hate the truth.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue.  Proverbs 18:21

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More verses about the misuse of the tongue for evil:

 

Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. Job 6:24
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things? Job 6:30
Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost. Job 13:19
For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. Job 15:5
Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; Job 20:12
He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper’s tongue shall slay him. Job 20:16
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. Job 27:4
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. Job 29:10
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part isvery wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. Psa 5:9
His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. Psa 10:7
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Psa 12:3
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? Psa 12:4
He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. Psa 15:3
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Psa 34:13
I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. Psa 39:1
Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Psa 50:19
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Psa 52:2
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. Psa 52:4

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Responsibility of God’s people

We are in perilous times, which are going to get worse

carefully analyze what is told to you

seek evidence as to truth or falsehood

consider the source – if it is negative and ungodly, be suspicious

get opposing views, and get a balanced perspective

do not repeat what is told until it is verified as true

TV or government personalities are not necessarily a trustworthy source: many are deceived, being deceived, deceiving others, or deliberately lying, a professional look may be just superficial covering,

also look for unprofessional behavior among “professionals.”

news sources have to be godly and positive. Listen to the tone and expressed attitudes

if something upsets you, calm down first before you respond or repeat the information. Make sure your brain thinks it over first and verifies the information

Political jokes

If they pass on false information or impressions, then this is wrong

Making a joke about it does not ameliorate the damage still done under the guise of humor.

Verbal abuse

This is also included under these two commandments of murder and false witness.

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Why we do this

Slander, gossip, false stories, false impressions, harmful jokes all come under two commandments:

You shall not murder

You shall not bear false witness against others

Murder is all levels of intended harm.

Spreading rumors causes harm, which can result in emotional, physical, social or financial damage to a person.

Intentional lying, flesh oriented gossip, or even spreading stories due to ignorance is still false witness against a person.

People may trust who you are, and so will take your verbal statements as a true witness against someone.

The bible says that in the presence of two or three witnesses a matter is settled

One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. Deut 19:15

Therefore, when you and some others repeat the same information or testimony, you “confirm” the slander / falsehood as truth.

So, you will be as guilty as the person who originated the lie.

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Consider your ways

We should not listen to gossip, including things we hear on TV or internet.

We should not encourage it, or turn it into humor, to make it more acceptable.

We should not ignore it, and allow it to go unchallenged.

If we find out the facts, we should bring them to light.

We should not perpetuate stories or reports unless we have the evidence that they are true.

Then we still should be fair.

Someday, maybe even soon, we will have to account before God for very idle word we have spoken.

Considering that many of the words we have uttered may have been criticisms, false rumors, false witness, hate speech, and character attacks (verbal murder), we will be in big trouble.

Even if what we utter turns out to be true or partly true, our motives and attitudes will be also under scrutiny.

Did we speak in order to demean or harm?

Outside of sexual sins, sins of the unbridled tongue may be the next biggest reason many will find themselves in hell someday.

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Watch your mouth!!

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45

 


10 Responses to “Busy Tongues”

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  2. May 18th, 2017 I had a dream that confirms what you have just written. We must guard our portals, eyes, ears , heart and mind so that the “Great Darkness” that is already here any becoming more powerful does not consume us.

    http://kaseyjburt.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-great-darkness.html

    Blessings, Kasey

  3. Long ago, I came across the “Four gates of speech.” In other words, before something is spoken, it is wise for your words to pass through these gates before you speak them:

    1 – Is it true.
    2 – Is it kind.
    3 – Is it necessary.
    4 – Is it the right time and place.

    – If we do not know something to be true, why repeat it.
    – Kind doesn’t necessarily equal “nice” – Kind is benevolent in nature as well as “helpful.”
    – Necessary. I usually get stuck at this gate. What is the point of saying something at all. To just blab? Fill space? Does it help?
    – Right time and place, well, some things are best said in private.

    • denise

      good points

      it seems that both sides good and bad are not controlling their speech right now

      • Thanks, Marianne. I learned about these “Gates of Speech” around 30 years ago. I don’t know whom to give credit to. I think there are several who claim to be the originator.

        And, even though I have known of them for 3 decades, Gate #3 gets me most of the time.
        🙂

  4. This is an eye opener for all of us’
    Well written Marianne

  5. This is one of your best posts ever. Thank you so much for your word study on the tongue. I have meant to do a study on this word for a long time and you have laid down a great foundation. Unfortunately, I have been guilty of repeating things without being sure of the truth of the source or even repeated things because I didn’t like someone and repeated it. I hate the flesh and sin nature in me. Jesus forgive me. Anyway, sister you had said that “Outside of sexual sins, sins of the unbridled tongue may be the next biggest reason many will find themselves in hell someday.” I love you but the only reason someone will find themselves in hell is by rejecting Jesus Christ of Nazareth as Lord and Saviour. A “Christian” life that has sexual sin and repeated gossip/slander as it’s hallmark isn’t really a Christian life at all and hence there is no Jesus present in that life. I know that you know all this, but some who are not stable in their walk due to backsliding or being a baby Christian may get confused that one goes to hell for their sins per se. where habitual sin can be more an example of no born again experience at all. Sometimes though, it’s because one is new in the Lord and the sins have not been dealt with and sometimes someone is backslid and needs to repent. Otherwise, they aren’t a Christian at all if their lifestyle is an unbridled tongue and sexual sin. Ultimately, each one of us is to examine ourselves to whether we be in the faith.
    Again, great job. I got convicted! Thank you Holy Spirit.

    • thank you lindy

      I had to write this for myself as well. with all the political slander being slung around, I found myself getting a little too heated, wanting to make aggressive replies in return. we can all fall into this trap, born again or not. this is why we need to repent daily of any wrongdoings or mistakes

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