Today's message came from the book of James. Our Associate Minister, MK, gave a heartfelt sermon based on the power of our tongues, and the struggle to tame them. Something that is so small can be frighteningly powerful. James compares our tongue to a horse's bit that can control him, a small rudder that can steer a large ship, and a small spark that can cause a forest fire. A person's tongue can be a fire, it can corrupt our bodies. (James 3:3-6).
This is something I know I struggle with. I know my tongue is capable of either uplifting or cutting down. Criticism or praise. How often does my impatience or irritation come out in my words or even my tone of voice? MK also quoted a verse from James 1:19, "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." Three short phrases, should be simple, right?
MK offered a great acronym to help us tame our tongues: THINK
Is what you plan to say Truthful, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind?
(Honestly, I missed this snippet and had to ask Scott for snippet backup.)
I am going to challenge myself to practice James 1:19 and THINK before I speak. Let's see what happens around here.
What were some of your Sunday Snippets?