Sunday, March 1, 2009

Taming the Tongue

Do you gossip? Are you two-faced? Do you have a critical spirit?
Are you prideful? Do you tell lies, even "little" ones? Do you complain?
We have all been guilty of these.
The following is from the Desiring God website, and come from the book of James.
What a great reminder!
1. I resolve to ask God for wisdom to speak out of a single-minded devotion to him. (1:5)
2. I resolve to boast only in the exultation I receive in Jesus Christ and also in the humiliation I receive for Jesus Christ. (1:9-10)
3. I resolve to set a watch over my mouth. (1:13)
4. I resolve to be constantly quick to hear and slow to speak. (1:19)
5. I resolve to learn the gospel way of speaking to both rich and poor. (2:1-4)
6. I resolve to speak in the present consciousness of my final judgment. (2:12)
7. I resolve never to stand on anyone’s face with the words I employ. (2:16)
8. I resolve never to claim as reality in my life what I do not truly experience. (3:14)
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 anything but what I will accomplish. (4:13)
12. I resolve to speak as one subject to the providences of God. (4:15)
13. I resolve never to grumble. The judge is at the door. (5:9)
14. I resolve never to allow anything but total integrity in everything I say. (5:12)
15. I resolve to speak to God in prayer whenever I suffer. (5:13)
16. I resolve to sing praises to God whenever I’m cheerful. (5:14)
17. I resolve to ask for the prayers of others when I’m in need. (5:14)
18. I resolve to confess it whenever I have failed. (5:15)
19. I resolve to pray with others for one another whenever I am together with them. (5:15)
20. I resolve to speak words of restoration when I see another wander. (5:19)

5 comments:

marina said...

Thank you for this Kathi.It is a great reminder.How did you know I needed it,lol.

Chrysanthemama said...

Marina,
Because I needed the reminder too, and it came up on a girl's blog I read. God has perfect timing, huh?

The Barfield's said...

dang it kathi....i'm feeling all battered and bruised over here tonight! thanks a lot! seriously, i get the desiring God emails but don't read every one of them. this was a good one. i think i might print it and hang it in the kitchen. and bathroom. and on my bedroom ceiling so it is the first thing i see when i wake up. my mouth sure can get away from me sometimes. thank you...

Chrysanthemama said...

Oh, Dee Dee I hear ya! I am printing it out too. :)

Shelly said...

I love this! Thanks...

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