1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? 2 Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit. 3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Selah 4 You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue! Psalm 52:1-4
I believe that one of the hardest things to do is to be watchful of your tongue. Sometimes what goes into our head slips out even when we don’t mean for it to. I think often our mouths are working so much faster than our brains have had time to compute our thoughts and instead of us being careful to assess what our thoughts are before we verbalize them, we end up saying things we shouldn’t. There are those of us, however, who don’t really care whether or not our words have grave effects on others. That’s really unfortunate, isn’t it? David says that these people have tongues that plot destruction, like a sharpened razor.
We’ve all been the victim at one time or another of the destruction of someone else’s tongue. We know by now that everyone that smiles in our faces don’t have our best interest at heart. We might find ourselves the object of ridicule or even malicious lying. However, the Christian must always choose truth and love in our responses. We must be careful not to use our tongues as weapons to get back at others who have done us wrong, even if the opportunity presents itself!
Even if you don’t purposely use your tongue to hurt others, you must be careful not to do it inadvertently. This is one of the reasons why I am not a phone person. Even as a teenager I was not a phone person. I understood, even then, that the telephone can get you in trouble if you’re not careful. Have you ever been on the phone with someone and before you knew it you shared something you shouldn’t have or you said something about someone that you shouldn’t have? You can’t take those words back once they’re out there. Of course, we don’t just have to worry about the phone, we just have to be careful of what we say in any situation.
Let’s be more conscious of what we say even in jest. Words are so powerful and they last much longer than a punch in the face! Speak the truth in love, and love while you speak the truth! Be careful what you say and if you have to – take time to process your thoughts before they slip out of your mouth. A razor sharp tongue only leads to destruction.
c/2008 Candie A. Price