Consider the Lilies..: The words we speak..   

Aug 30, 2012

The words we speak..

"The boneless tongue, so small and weak, can crush and kill" declared the Greek.
"The tongue destroys a greater heard" the Turk asserts, "than does the sword".
"A Persian proverb so wisely sanity, "A lengthy tongue - an early death" or sometimes takes this form instead; "don't let your tongue cut off your head."
"The tongue can speak a word whose speed," the Chinese say, "outstrips the steed".
While Arab sages this impart, "the tongue's great storehouse is your heart".
From Hebrew wit this maximum spring, "though feet should slip, ne'er let the tongue".
The sacred writer crowns the whole, "who keeps his tongue doth keep his soul"
-Charles Hadden Spurgeon

A single word can cut more deeply than any sword.
Once a hurtful word is spoken, it can not be taken back.
Bruises fade and cuts heal, but a word can wound forever.

"A wise person speaks carefully and with truth, for every word that passes through one's teeth is meant for something."
-Moefi Kete Asante

"The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.  It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire  and is itself set on fire by hell.". James 3:6

"But no human being can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.". James 3:8

Be nice to each other..  Speak kindly to each other..  What you say may seem harmless to you, or funny, or maybe even justified, but what you say can cause more damage than you realize..  Someone is always listening..  Honestly, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all..

4 comments:

  1. My Grandpa Jay used to say, "If you talk before you can walk, your mouth will be your downfall." :)

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  2. You must turn your tongue seven times in your mouth before you speak.

    ''Let every person be quick to hear slow to speak and slow to anger.'' James 1:19

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  3. I read that verse out loud every day!

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