Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 10, 2017

“The one who desires life, to love and see good days, Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 26:20-28.

“20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
23 Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross
Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
24 He who hates disguises it with his lips,
But he lays up deceit in his heart.
25 When he speaks graciously, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart.
26 Though his hatred covers itself with guile,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.
27 He who digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
28 A lying tongue hates those it crushes,
And a flattering mouth works ruin.”  Proverbs 26:20-28.

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“For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.”  Verse 20.

“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
But the slow to anger calms a dispute.”  Proverbs 15:18.

“He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”  Proverbs 14:29.

And yet, how hard it is to control the tongue and keep quiet!

“So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.

See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity;  the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.  For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.  But no one can tame the tongue;  it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.”  James 3:5-8.

Scripture is very strict about the importance of controlling the tongue.

“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.”  James 1:26.

“For,

“The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”  1 Peter 3:10.

But, there is hope!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”  Galatians 5:22-24.

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