Most holy and awesome God, with simple but powerful words, you created the heavens and the earth.
With spoken words you called your servants to prophesy and proclaim.
With words you called forth Lazarus from bondage in a tomb.
With words you proclaim forgiveness, life and salvation.
And with words you create, build and maintain faith.
How I am in awe of your Word, for your Word is lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Thank you God for your holy Word through Jesus Christ our Lord and King.
But Lord, I also ask that you may bless my words. Too often we use words to bring people down through gossip and bearing false witness. May our witness be true as it blesses and praises your holy name. May we defend people, speak well of them and explain their actions in the kindest way. May people see our worship of you through our words.
Dear Lord, may your name be praised throughout the whole world and may your word go out and do what it set out to do. Bless this day and may our worship be pleasing to your ears. In Jesus name I pray…
Worship the Lord with all your heart for God is worthy.
The pastor -|—
5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
I published a post a couple days ago titled, “A big fat lie”. I am not going to rehash what I said there as a way to get you up to speed here (I trust you are able to look back and read for yourself). But what I am going to say is something that is rolling around in my heart as I prepare to preach this sermon on the 8th Commandment ~ “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”
How are you using your words? Are they blessing and praising the Lord or bringing others down; people who were created in the image of God? Are you crafting words together with the intention to create, build and maintain faith or are your words cursing others through inappropriate displays of power through gossiping and backstabbing. What we say says a lot about our faith and relationship with Jesus. What we don’t say also says a lot about us.
So as James says, how can a mouth bless and praise the Lord one minute and curse others the next.
This ought not be so!
As a fresh water spring can not produce salt water the same goes with the tongue. The tongue has one purpose and one purpose only ~ to BLESS and PRAISE the Lord.
The pastor -|—