Learned about this cool project tonight called BUCKETS OF LOVE. Click on not to go check it out.
Just another way to help others.
That’s why we are here, RIGHT?
I’ve been teaching from James 3 the last couple of weeks. I’m just stuck on it. I keep thinking about it and hearing OTHER scripture that supports it. Proverbs talks about it…
Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow. Prov. 25:18
It’s comparing lying about another to murder. I guess you might not MURDER someone if you hit them with a ax, sword or arrow, but then again, you might. Either way, lying about others is BAD. We know this. It’s a truth that we should know very well, but we still do it. Gossip is the ugly UNTRUTH and sometimes something we get sucked into before we know it.
I’ve already shared this in a blog, but as I said, things just keep coming up about it.
It’s in the commandments:
“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” -Exodus 20:16
I am not sure why it just keeps coming up. Maybe I need to shut my lips more! HA! I’m pretty sure I need to do that. My mouth gets me in trouble sometimes. I like to think it also does great things as well, but as it says in James—
(9-10) With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
We can’t be committed to doing both. We need to PRAISE OUR LORD AND FATHER and not curse those HE has made. We need to use our words for God. We should allow Him to use our mouths to lead others to Him. We should encourage, praise, lift up, build and help others using our words as well as our actions. I know it’s better to DO than talk, but we use both words and actions all the time—WE NEED TO USE THEM for good, not bad.
Words and actions are both powers we have…
I pray we can all use our powers for good.
Here are some other verses about the power of our words:
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Matthew 15:18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
Proverbs 12:18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Matthew 12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Colossians 3:8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Did ya ever stop and wonder why people talk bad about others? I try not to think about it, but sometimes, when it hits me in the face, I start to wonder. Why do us crazy humans love to “dis” others—-whether to their face or otherwise?!? I guarantee the OTHERWISE is done more often than face to face. That is good with me. I’d love to never ever have anyone talk about me to my face. I would find that awkward for one and quite saddening, of course. Either way it’s done…it’s done and WHY!?!
Maybe you are one of those people who love to talk about others. Maybe you are the town gossip. Perhaps you enjoy looking down on your neighbors and are quick to judge someone right when they come in the room. “Oh, look at their clothes…why are they making that face?…they look rich, poor, sad, mad, too happy, ugly ….” Just thinking about it wears me out a bit. Please don’t be that person.
This is my post from FB today:
Telling lies about others (no matter who they are) is LETHAL.
Watch your pie hole! Seriously.
***Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.-Prov. 25:18***
I’m not writing this blog because someone has talked bad about me. I’m sure it has happened, but I don’t really care. I saw several whispering this week and overheard a few EW comments/conversations that just got this blog a stirring. I try and redirect when stuff like that happens, but at times, putting out those fires gets soooooooo tiring.
“JUST SHUDDUP!” is what I want to scream.
But I don’t. I just redirect and encourage positiveness. That is what I do. That is what I will continue to do. That is all.
Remember, if you don’t have anything nice to say…
((This was supposed to post yesterday!))
I need to give so many things to God. Negativity seems to have overcome me today. Students grouching, grown ups doing things I don’t understand and world problems that make ya feel out of control.
Ha! Did you catch those last few words. We AREN’T in control! We shouldn’t ever feel out of control , because we have never been IN CONTROL of anything.
I can’t make students think positive. I can’t make adults act like adults. I can’t be in control of any of this!
I must give it up to The Lord. I have got to stop trying to hold on to things that aren’t mine to hold on to!
Give it up! God’s got it!