Always A Choice

We are not forced to think the way we do. James 3:2 in the Amplified says, “For we all often stumble  and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech (never says the wrong things), he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.”

Never say the wrong things are preempted by our thoughts. Every word is first a thought. Yesterday I addressed perversity through transforming our mind. We can only do that through bringing Scripture into our heart.

What happens when we say something that should not have come out of our mouth? We offend our hearers. If we gossip, we not only sin, but we bring another into our sin. Proverbs 26:22 says, “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go  down into the inmost body.”

The Amplified says, “…words of sport (to some, but to others  are like deadly wounds); and they go down into the innermost parts of the body (or of the victim’s nature).” ‘Just kidding’ type words, as well as gossip affect in myriad ways. Have you ever been wounded by other’s words about you?

The literal for innermost being is rooms of the belly. I wonder how many digestive problems are related to wounds from words. There is a term ‘gut punched’ which might be said when we are betrayed or our character is slammed.

For me, James 3:2 helps clarify that we are the true controllers of our thoughts. I love verse 3’s analogy of the horses’ bit. It says, “Indeed we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.” 

Our ‘bit’ in our mouth is God’s hidden word. It will redirect our speech before it goes in the wrong direction. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” This ‘bit’ will turn us from an angry outburst (flesh) to a calm spirit that will not react when provoked.

1 Corinthians 13:3-7 lists some ways to express God’s love to others. Verse 5 says, “Does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.” The Greek words for ‘provoke’ are: arouse to anger, irritate, to exasperate.

What do you do when someone irritates or exasperates you? Does that arouse hidden anger, or unresolved issues to surface? Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”  

When we don’t keep our heart house cleaned out, these hidden things will spew out of our mouth unexpectedly. You have heard of hoarders. These are folks that don’t throw anything away. We are admonished to cast off the works of darkness. In other words, we are not to stuff them away and ignore their sinful roots.

1 Corinthians 13:5 Amplified says, “…it takes no account of evil done to it (it pays no attention to a suffered wrong). How many of us keep a record of wrongs done to us? That is exactly what we do when we keep bringing up the past to someone. We will continue this tomorrow.

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