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Tuesday, September 18, 2007


RAK = Random Acts of Kindness

In this month's Woman's Day magazine (pg 60) is an article on "How To Make Someone's Day" with random acts of kindness. What are random acts of kindness? Creative ways to make someone's day, usually a stranger. You do something for someone for absolutely no reason. Small kindnesses for no other reason than to make someone smile and lift their spirits.

There are some new commercials that show someone helping a stranger while someone else happens to witness it. It encourages them to do an act of kindness to someone too. It spreads and multiplies. I like these commercials. It's the opposite of the "Kick the dog" syndrome. You know, boss yells at employee, employee yells at spouse, spouse yells at child, child kicks the dog. An infectious meanness, multiplying rudeness, misdirected anger. Hopefully someone's random act of kindness will lead to infectious kindness, multiplying gracious acts, misdirected forgiveness!

Here are some examples:

Paying for a stranger's meal at a restaurant
Leaving a coupon for a free meal at your neighbor's door
Mowing the grass for the elderly couple down the street
Compliment a stranger
Take a dozen donuts with you to the doctor's office
Let someone ahead of you in the waiting line
Send a "Thinking of You" card to someone
Write a letter of thank you to a serviceman
Recycle your magazines by taking them to your doctor's office, or your hair dresser's, or the women's prison, etc.
Smile at the checkout girl and show you recognize she is a human being
Leave a good tip at the restaurant

I challenge you to think of 2 RAK's and follow through and do them this week. It makes you feel good inside!

Our Mouth, Part II

Psalm 139: 8
For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

Psalm 35: 28
And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long.

Our pastor, Pastor Barry Shepps, did an excellent sermon on how important our words are on Sunday. I need help in this area and decided to go into a more detailed study that I'm sharing with you.

Yesterday I created a post of how important our words are. I talked in detail about what the Bible has to say about how ugly our mouth can be and how concerned God is that we use our tongue wisely. Today I want to talk about how we can use our tongue for good.

What is wholesome and good speech?

Praise and Worship - Expression of approval, commendation, or admiration; to express warm approbation of, commendation for, or admiration for; to exalt or worship; to give esteem; to glorify; reverent love and devotion accorded a deity; to honor and love a deity; to regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion; to ascribe worth; to honor

Psalm 34: 1
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 35: 28
And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long.

Psalm 45: 1
My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Psalm 51: 15
O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

Psalm 63: 5
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

Psalm 66: 1
Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name." Selah

Psalm 66: 16-17
Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue.

Psalm 71: 8
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise And with Your glory all the day.

Psalm 71: 23-24
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, And my soul, which You have redeemed. My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long; For they are confounded, For they are brought to shame Who seek my hurt.

Psalm 119: 108
Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Your judgments.

Psalm 119: 171
My lips shall utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes.

Zechariah recieved a prophecy that he would have a son named John (the Baptist). He had a hard time believing the prophesy and was struck dumb. When his wife, indeed, had a son and Zechariah called him John, as the Lord had instructed, he recieved his speech back.
Luke 1: 64
Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God.

Acts 10: 44-46
While Peter was still speaking these words (he was preaching to the Gentiles), the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

Wisdom - Common sense; good judgment; the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight; knowledge; wise teachings; deep, thorough, or mature understanding

Psalm 37: 30
The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.

Psalm 49: 3
My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.

Proverbs 8: 6-10
Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies,

Proverbs 10: 31
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out.

Proverbs 15: 2
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.

Proverbs 18: 4
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.

Ecclesiastes 10: 12-14
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up; The words of his mouth begin with foolishness, And the end of his talk is raving madness. A fool also multiplies words. No man knows what is to be; Who can tell him what will be after him?

Teaching about God - To impart knowledge; to instruct; to cause to learn by example or experience; to educate; formal instruction; to train or drill with rigorous instruction often by repetition or routine

Psalm 34: 11
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Psalm 40: 5
Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.

Psalm 51: 13
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

Psalm 119: 172
My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.

Proverbs 15: 1-2
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.

Ezekial 44: 23
"And [Priests] shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean."

Matthew 7: 28
And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Acts 5: 42
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Romans 12: 6-9
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

I Corinthian 12: 27-28
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

Colossians 1: 28
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

I Timothy 4: 11
These things command and teach.

Titus 2: 3-5
The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

To utter kindnesses - Fiendly, generous, or warm-hearted; showing sympathy or understanding; charitable; humane; considerate; generous; agreeable; benevolent; a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others; gentleness and mildness;

Proverbs 19: 22
What is desired in a man is kindness,

Proverbs 31: 26
She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

Jeremiah 2: 1-2
Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the Lord: "I remember you, The kindness of your youth, The love of your betrothal, When you went after Me in the wilderness, In a land not sown.

Romans 12: 10
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

I Corinthians 13: 4
Love suffers long and is kind;

Galatians 5: 22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Ephesians 4: 32
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

Colossians 3: 12
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

II Peter 1: 5
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

Witnessing - One who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced as in what Christ has done for them; to testify; to show proof; to have personal knowledge of; to take note and observe; to bear witness; a formal declaration of truth; to confirm as genuine

Psalm 71: 15
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits.

Psalm 89:1
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.

Isaiah 43: 10-12
"You are My witnesses," says the Lord, "And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses," Says the Lord, "that I am God.

Matthew 24: 14
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Luke 24: 46-48
Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things."

Matthew 28: 19
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Acts 2: 7
Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born Parthians and Medes and Elamites,...Cretans and Arabs-we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God."

Acts 4: 33
And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

Preaching - To proclaim or put forth in a sermon; o advocate, especially to urge acceptance of or compliance with; to deliver religious instruction to a large group

Ecclesiates 12: 10
The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright-words of truth.

Jonah 3: 1
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you."

Matthew 3:1-2
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

Matthew 4: 17
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Matthew 4: 23
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Matthew 10: 7
"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'

Matthew 10: 27
"Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.

Matthew 11: 5
"The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them."

Matthew 24: 14
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."

Acts 5: 42
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Acts 8: 4
Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.

Acts 8: 12
But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized

Acts 8: 35
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.

Acts 10: 35-36,
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him...And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.

Acts 17: 2
Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ."

Romans 1: 15-16
So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.

I Corinthians 1: 17
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.

II Corinthians 4: 5
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.

Galatians 1: 11-12,
But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ...But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace,to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,

Ephesians 3: 8
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

Colossians 1: 28
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

Praying - To utter or address a prayer or prayers to God; to make a fervent request; to ask imploringly; beseech; to make supplications to God; to appeal, beseech, plead; to make our needs known to God; to ask God

Psalm 5: 2
Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray.

Psalm 17: 1
Hear a just cause, O Lord, Attend to my cry; Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.

Psalm 19: 14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Psalm 54: 2
Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.

Psalm 88: 2
Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry.

Psalm 141: 2
Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Proverbs 15: 8, 29
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight...The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Daniel 6: 10
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

Luke 11: 2
So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one."

Luke 22: 32
"But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."

Truth - A fact or actuality; a statement proven to be true; accuracy and honesty; reality; fidelity to an original

Psalm 15: 1-2
Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;

Psalm 51: 6
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Psalm 119: 30
I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.

Proverbs 8: 6-10
Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies,

Proverbs 12: 17
He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit.

Proverbs 12: 19, 22
The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.

Malachi 2: 6
The law of truth was in his mouth, And injustice was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and equity, And turned many away from iniquity.

John 8: 32
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

John 14: 6
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

Romans 9: 1
"I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,"

Ephesians 4: 25
Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.

I John 3: 18-19
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

Encouraging, edifying - Instruct so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement; to build someone up; to enlighten one with good things; to inspire with hope, courage, or confidence; hearten; to support; to stimulate to higher things; to impart courage, inspiration, and resolution; to cheer

Acts 11: 23
When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.

Acts 16: 40
So they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

Acts 20: 2
Now when he had gone over that region and encouraged them with many words, he came to Greece and stayed three months.

Romans14: 19
Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

I Corinthians 14: 31
For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.

Ephesians 5: 18-19
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Colossians 2: 1
For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,

I Thessalonians 3: 1
Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,

I Thessalonians 5: 11
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

It's important to learn self control over our mouths. It's one of the most difficult things you can do but the Holy Spirit within us can help us. I'm hoping that doing this study has helped me and you to be more aware of our mouths.

Proverbs 10: 20
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Fall Recipes

Spinach, Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad

2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pear, cut lengthwise into 15 slices
8 cups spinach, torn
1/4 cup red onions, thinly sliced

Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place the pear slices in a large bowl. Spoon 1 tablespoon dressing over pears; toss to coat. Add the remaining dressing, spinach, and onion; toss to coat.

Source: Recipezaar.com

Roasted Three Squash Soup

1 butter nut squash, halved and seeded
1 acorn squash, halved and seeded
1/2 spaghetti squash, seeded
1 head garlic
3 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 granny smith apples, cored, peeled and chopped
2/3 cup dry sherry
3 (14 1/2 ounce) cans vegetable broth
1 small red bell pepper, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 leaves fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
cracked black pepper and salt
cayenne pepper
2 zuchini, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1 cup hot water

*Note* This is delicious! My husband and my parents all agreed this was a winner. But it's NOT a quick and easy recipe. The hardest part was cutting the winter squash in two and scraping out the insides. If I do this again, my hubby will have to do that part. Be careful with your knives!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place the butternut, acorn and spaghetti squashes cut side down on a roasting pan. Wrap garlic in foil, or place in a garlic roaster. Roast squash and garlic in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Saute the onion for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in ginger and curry powder; cook 3 more minutes. Stir in apples and sherry; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender and set aside. When the squash and garlic are done squeeze half the garlic into the apple mixture. Process mixture for 1 minute until blended, but still slightly chunky. Return mixture to pot over medium-low heat. In the blender, puree small batches of squash flesh and vegetable broth. Transfer each batch to the pot with the apple mixture. Stir in red bell pepper, rosemary, parsley, basil, thyme, black pepper, salt and cayenne. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. About 30 minutes before serving add zucchini, green onions and hot water.

Source: Recipezaar.com

Apple Pineapple Cheese Salad

3 medium tart apples, unpeeled and diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped red onions
2 cups sliced celery
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, well drained
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4-1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper, to taste

Toss the diced apple with the 2 tbsp lemon juice and them place in a large mixing bowl. Add the chopped red onion, sliced celery, well-drained pineapple chunks, diced cheese and toasted almonds to the mixing bowl. In a seperate bowl, mix together the sour cream and mayonnaise (start with just 1/4 cup of mayo). Add sour cream/mayo mixture to the salad and toss to evenly coat. Add salt and pepper to taste and, if necessary, more mayonnaise. Serve on lettuce leaves.

Source: Recipezaar.com

Our Mouth, Part I

Spunky Monkey has a lot to say!

Yesterday, at church, our pastor spoke on how important our words are.

Proverbs 18:21 "Death and life are in the power of the TONGUE, And those who love it will eat its fruit."

Does this mean that we can speak magical incantations that somehow, miraculously cause someone to die or raise someone from the dead? Are we suppose to look over our shoulders every time we say something negative as though some bad luck would happen? Maybe we should follow it with "knock on wood" or throw salt over our shoulder or something. Let me say right in the beginning that I don't believe in good luck/bad luck, superstition or positive speaking. But I do believe in speaking positively and the importance of our words. God is in the balance and there is a balance here.

As a Christian, I am a child of God, a citizen of Heaven, a royal daughter, a holy priestess, an honored woman, a favored child, an inheritor of my Father. I've been adopted into the family of God. With this comes blessed freedom from the rule of sin. I don't have to sin or be held captive by an habitual sin. This doesn't mean that I'm sinless because I still struggle with my human nature and will until I die. But Jesus paid the price for me and I'm restored as a child of God. And the Holy Spirit has been implanted into my heart to teach me the ways of God, to tutor me to become a Princess. The Holy Spirit teaches by using the Word of God. It's my manual on how to be all the God wants me to be.

So one of the things God talks about in the Bible is the correct use our tongue. I have a heavenly language (see my posting on Speaking In Tongues in an earlier post) but I need to learn how to speak gracefully and powerfully in this world since I am an Ambassador of Christ while I'm alive and in this world.

If I was an Ambassador for the United States in Italy, I would need to be able to speak English and Italian. I would need to learn how to speak in a way that does not make promises that are not backed by the United States. I would need to learn how to speak tactfully and not offend the Italians. I would need to learn how to speak forcefully when I'm directed to by the President of the U.S. I would need to learn how to couch my words carefully so that there is no misunderstanding. I would need to learn how to speak in such a way as not bring embarrassment to the United States. You can see what I mean! It's the same for Christians. We need to be taught how to speak in a way that properly represents God to the unsaved, that does not lead new Christians into confusion, that does not offend, etc.

Having said this, and compared it in a secular way, I don't mean to say that there is nothing spiritual or miraculous about our words. That is the mysterious part about it, things too deep for us to understand. But something does occur. You cannot claim this miraculous blessing if you aren't saved. So positive thinking, positive speaking, does not bring the blessings and miracles of God to the unsaved. If you aren't saved you cannot repeat a hundred times, "I will have a million dollars by the time I'm 30" and have a million dollars by the time you are 30. If you are a millionaire by the time you are 30 it's because it would have happened anyway not because you spoke positively. Satan particularly likes to confuse people into believing junk like this rather than believing in God.

What does God have to say about our words, our conversation, our speech? In the scripture in Proverbs 18:21, it says that there is life and death in the tongue. Our words can hurt people's feelings in such a way that they are completely demoralised, dejected, despairing and could even cause someone to commit suicide. If we make fun of people, call them names, gossip about them, pass along ugly stories (true or fabricated), tell them how stupid they are, etc. then we are causing untold damage that could even result in death. How many times have we heard about the children who have committed mass murder at their schools because of being rejected, called names, made fun of and bullied? How many times have we read of someone who was verbally abused by their parents, having grown up into abusers themselves maybe even to the point of physically or sexually abusing their child...even killing them? How many people have you met that have been somehow verbally abused during their lives and grown up to be so beaten down, with such low self esteem that they can't rise above it and are very self destructive?

On the other hand, our words can bring life. We can speak encouraging words to our children and watch them blossom with self confidence. We can reach out in friendliness to someone who is being hurt at school and see their life turn around. Instead of verbally beating up a child and it leads to mass murder at their school, what if someone had encouraged the child, spoke kind words to them, reached out in friendliness, spoke in defense of them...maybe the child would have never killed others, never killed themself, but would become a productive member of society! What if we told others about Christ and His love and forgiveness instead of brow beating them with shame and guilt? Our words can make a difference in other's lives. The greatest good or the greatest harm is in the power of the tongue.

"Don't Blame Me"

People don't want to take the blame for their words. They have runny mouth and can't control what they say so they make the excuse, they "tell it like it is" or "I tell you what I think" as though it were a badge of honor to speak so plainly and brutally. Really it's a matter of control. Do you have any self discipline or control over yourself?

James 3: 2-12
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

The Bible speaks plainly about how important truth is, but it also speaks plainly about an ugly mouth and a tactless tongue that brings hurt, pain, despair. It is up to us to control ourselves and our tongue. I'm the first to say that I've NOT arrived in this discipline. But the Holy Spirit is teaching me and the Word is teaching me and the miracle of God is slowly engraving it on my heart. Hopefully I will become better and better at it. We do have a responsibility to control our tongues.

Matthew 15: 17-20
"Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth [speech] come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."
The King James Version says, "out of the heart a man speaks". If you don't want people to know how ugly your heart is, then you might want to keep your mouth shut. Your words reveal the true state of your heart, your mind, your soul. If it's ugly things pouring out, you might have a heart problem. Are you bullying someone with your mouth? It might not be their faults that are being observed, but your own! Are you calling someone else ugly when it's really your ugly behavior that is being shown? Your words reveal the state of your own self. They reflect on you.

Psalm 39: 1 I said, "I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,"

Psalm 141: 3
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.

Proverbs 16: 23
The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips.

Proverbs 21: 23
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.

Ecclesiastes 5: 2-3
Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool's voice is known by his many words.

What is ugly speech?

Manipulating people with persuasive words to get your way - to control others; to manage deviously for your own gain; to take advantage of someone by artful and devious means; to"handle" someone without their realizing it; to "sale" to the other person with your own personal gain in mind

Matthew 27: 20
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.

Acts 14: 19
Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

Galatians 5: 7-8
You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.

Colossians 2: 4
Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.

Gossip - Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature; to engage in or communicate idle; indiscreet talk

1 Timothey 5: 13
And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

Proverbs 18: 8
The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body.

Slander - False statements injurious to a person's reputation; false and malicious report about someone; backbiting

Psalm 15: 1-3
Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;

Psalm 50:20
You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son.

Psalm 101: 5
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure.

Psalm 139: 22
Let not a slanderer be established in the earth; Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him."

Proverbs 10: 18-19
Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool. In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 11: 9
The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered

Proverbs 25: 23
The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

II Timothy 3: 1-5
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Lying - Dishonest; untrue statements; deceitful; misleading by falsehood or by concealment of the truth; mendacious describes a chronic inclination toward untruth; not telling the truth; lack of honesty and integrity

Psalm 34: 12-14
Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 50: 19
You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit.

Psalm 52: 2-4
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah. You love all devouring words, You deceitful tongue.

Psalm 78: 36-39
Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue; For their heart was not steadfast with Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath; For He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again.

Psalm 109: 2-3a
For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,

Psalm 120 : 1-3
In my distress I cried to the Lord, And He heard me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips And from a deceitful tongue. What shall be given to you, Or what shall be done to you, You false tongue?

Proverbs 6: 16-19
These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

Proverbs 12: 17-20
He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.

Proverbs 20: 17
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

Proverbs 21: 6
Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.

Romans 3: 13
"Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips";

1 Peter 3:
For "He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.

Flattery - Excessive or insincere praise; meaningless praise

Psalm 5: 9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue.

Psalm 12: 2-4
They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things,Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?"

Psalm 78: 36-37
Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue; For their heart was not steadfast with Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.

Proverbs 23: 23b-24
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
Proverbs 28: 23
He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward Than he who flatters with the tongue.

Proverbs 26: 28
A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, And a flattering mouth works ruin.

Proverbs 28: 23
He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward Than he who flatters with the tongue.

Psalm 62: 4
They only consult to cast him down from his high position; They delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, But they curse inwardly. Selah
Boasting - To glorify oneself in speech; talk in a self-admiring way; to speak of with excessive pride; the act or an instance of bragging; implies exaggerated claims and often an air of insolent superiority; ostentatiousness; self exaltation; prideful speech

Psalm 5: 5-6
The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

Psalm 17: 8b-10
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, From the wicked who oppress me, From my deadly enemies who surround me. They have closed up their fat hearts; With their mouths they speak proudly.

Psalm 94: 4
They utter speech, and speak insolent things; All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves.

Proverbs 14: 3
In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Proverbs 27: 2
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

Galatians 6: 14
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

James 4: 16
But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

Sharp Tongue - Bitter words; spiteful and malicious; hateful speech; unpleasant speech; harsh; painful or stinging words; proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity; words marked by resentment or cynicism; intensely harsh

Psalm 52: 2
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully

Psalm 57: 4
My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men Who are set on fire, Whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword.

Psalm 64: 2-4Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows-bitter words That they may shoot in secret at the blameless

Psalm 139: 5
They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah.

Proverbs 5: 3-5
For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.

Proverbs 17: 4
An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.

Proverbs 25: 18
A man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.

Perverse Tongue - Directed away from what is right or good; perverted; obstinately persisting in an error or fault; wrongly self-willed or stubborn; peevish

Proverbs 3: 32
For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, But His secret counsel is with the upright.

Proverbs 4: 24
Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.

Proverbs 8: 7-8, 13
For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.

Proverbs 10: 31-32
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.

Proverbs 16: 4
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 17: 20
He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.

Acts 20: 30
"Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves."

Cursing (or, as we called it, cussin') - An appeal or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something; a profane word or phrase; a swearword; to invoke evil or misfortune upon. Ever heard anyone say, "Go to H**l" or "G*d D**n You!" It's a way of "invoking" a curse on someone.

Psalm 10: 12-13
Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup. [The wicked's] mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

Psalm 59: 12
For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be taken in their pride, And for the cursing and lying which they speak.

Psalm 109: 17-18 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, So let it enter his body like water, And like oil into his bones. Let it be to him like the garment which covers him, And for a belt with which he girds himself continually.

Romans 3: 14
"Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness."

Romans 12: 14
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Coarse jesting - crude and rude jokes; not acceptable speech in mixed company; dirty jokes; vulgar and indecent speech; rough, low, common, inferior conversation

Ephesians 5: 3-4
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

Strife, Arguing - Heated, often violent dissension; bitter conflict; quarrel; contention; disputing

Psalm 31: 19-20
Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion From the strife of tongues.

Proverbs 17: 14
The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.

Proverbs 18: 6-7
A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for blows. A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

Proverbs 26: 20-21
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

1 Timothy 6: 3-5
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

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