Wednesday, February 25, 2009

20 Resolutions Regarding the Tongue (#9-12)

As we continue with the list of “tongue resolutions” from Sinclair Ferguson, I will pass along some of my favorite quotes on the tongue and the words that we speak.

We are born with our eyes closed and mouths open. Then we spend the rest of our lives trying to reverse this mistake of nature.

Talking too much is like driving too fast. The brakes don’t always work and we pass the place where we should have stopped.

Like a whale, when spouting off you are most likely to get harpooned.

Someone should invent toothpaste with shoe polish in it for those who are always putting their foot in their mouth.

One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue.
There is no evidence that the tongue is connected to the brain.

Sinclair’s next four resolutions for the tongue from the Epistle of James are (refer back to the Feb. 23, 2009 blog when we began the listing of these 20 Resolutions):

9) I resolve to resist quarrelsome words as evidence of a bad heart that needs to be mortified (4:1).
10) I resolve never to speak decided evil against another out of a heart of antagonism (4:11).
11) I resolve never to boast in any thing but what I will accomplish (4:13).
12) I resolve to speak as one subject to the providences of God (4:15).

How valuable is your religion to you?
James says that if we don’t keep a tight rein on our tongue that it is worthless.

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