Catch Your Tongue!

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” ~James 3:6-8

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” ~Proverbs 18:21

DON’T underestimate the power of that little member within the mouth.  Depending on how the tongue is used, it could literally cause you harm or even worse, DEATH.  Yet, on the other hand, it can cause wonderfully positives things too.  It all depends upon one’s level of discernment and understanding within the heart (mind).

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” ~Luke 6:45

“For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”  ~Matthew 12:37

OH, how my tongue used to cause me trouble!  Before rededicating myself back to the Most High and His Law, I wasn’t aware that my tongue is a tool nor did I know how to use it correctly.  All praises to our Heavenly Father for showing mercy in allowing me to acknowledge the sin I committed with my tongue and for revealing unto me how to tame it.  I learned to discern when, where, how, and when not to use my tongue.  The Most High worked with me for some time, especially now, and I think of Him GRATEFULLY because this skill I need now more than ever.  To my Sisters, it’s vital we begin mastering the art of the tongue, but let me show you why;

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” ~Ephesians 5:15-17

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,” ~II Timothy 3:1-6

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” ~Matthew 24:12

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” ~Colossians 4:5-6

It has been almost one year since I was blessed with a job in public transit.  And let me say, dealing with the public is no walk in the park.  It can be very dangerous.  It’s me alone, on a 45 foot bus, filled with strangers in the city of Los Angeles.  My route runs from the North to the South, which is from the ghetto to the ghetto. And who resides within the ghetto?  My people, The TRUE Jews (So-called Black and Latino people).  Lawless and with foreheads as hard as flint.  Indeed, this is a blessing even though its dangerous, but the resulting conclusion of each moment out there on my own depends solely on whether or not I use my tongue the way the Most High has taught me.  So you see in these currents times how can I not be grateful.  I am aware that my tongue along with the other members of my body belong to the Heavenly Father, and I MUST use them to glorify Him, especially before my own people!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  ~Matthew 5:16

People pay attention, trust me!  They see my modest attire, ribbon of blue and fringes, but truly what matters is on the inside.  People are going to try you to see what’s inside.

“He that pricketh the eye will make tears to fall: and he that pricketh the heart maketh it to shew her knowledge”  ~Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 22:19

When they prick, and they will, are we to react in instinct like an animal would or with sound reason?

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”  ~Colossians 4:5-6

No wonder Young Solomon asked for the spiritual gift of understanding to discern judgment (1 Kings 3:6-12)!  And Yahawashi (Christ) was perfect because he never stopped using it! Wisdom takes keeping God’s Law to a whole other level.  With wisdom you perceive everything with understanding.   This is a level all Black, Latina and Native American Indian women should stride for.  The tongue is a useless tool if we don’t use it with the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the Most High.

“They received the use of the five operations of the Lord, and in the sixth place he imparted them understanding, and in the seventh speech, an interpreter of the cogitations thereof. Counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, ears, and a heart, gave he them to understand. Withal he filled them with the knowledge of understanding, and shewed them good and evil. He set his eye upon their hearts, that he might shew them the greatness of his works. He gave them to glory in his marvellous acts for ever, that they might declare his works with understanding.” ~Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 17:5

There will be individuals that are inconsiderate, selfish, or simply don’t have a clue.  There will be individuals that are sad, upset, angry or stressed that you may come into contact with in general.  People in general, are going through a lot, but be especially understanding to your own people because you know the many reasons (curses!!) as to why they are that way (Deuteronomy chapter 28).  Never take things personal, even when they become verbally abusive to you.  If you were acting accordingly than you know its not you.  Learn how to de-escalate a situation and how to bring calm to a provoking individual.  Love and kindness is blameless.  And even if they snap at you anyway, it will haunt there conscious later.  Always seek to understand each situation first (James 1:19).

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.” ~I Thessalonians 5:14-15

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” ~Proverbs 15:1

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.” ~Proverbs 15:4

“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” ~Proverbs 12:25

And when all else fails or you just can’t bring yourself to answer because it’s dangerous, it may be safer to not speak at all.

“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” ~Proverbs 17:27-28

“Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.” ~Amos 5:13

Don’t forget about YOU!  Your state of well-being is what keeps you going, or pushing forward.  Challenges are exhausting, but they make one spiritually stronger.  Remember stepping into the shoes of your true identify means you can and will walk in them.  My Sister just the other day said, “Weakness is not an option,” and she is right!  And my Elders tell us all the time, “Let us not be weary in well doing,” and, “Your works are not in vain.”   This walk is not for the weak.  Remember who you are patterned after.  That’s right, the Most High Himself!

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”  ~Proverbs 4:23

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”  ~Proverbs 4:18

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”  ~Eph 5:19

“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”  ~James 3:10

“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.”  ~ Psalm 82:6

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  ~II Timothy 1:7

*Other Negative or Sinful Uses of the Tongue

Gossip (Talebearer and backbiting)

“THOU SHALT NOT go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbor: I am the LORD.”  ~Leviticus 19:16

This sin is taken lightly among Black and Latina women.  In fact, it’s glorified to the point that it makes entertainment on TV shows and movies.  It often involves envy, lying and the slandering of one’s name (Psalm 101:5).  It’s so evil it causes distrust, hate, insecurity, emotional and physical pain which all sums up to disunity within the sisterhood.  Woman that gossip lack integrity, loyalty and most of all, LOVE, for their sisters.  This MUST stop, but with YOU first!

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between THEE AND HIM ALONE: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three WITNESSES every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the CHURCH: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”  ~Matthew 18:15-17

“He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife, and he that hateth babbling, shall have less evil. Rehearse not unto another that which is told unto thee, and thou shalt fare never the worse.  Whether it be to friend or foe, talk not of other mens lives, and if thou canst without offence reveale them not.  For he heard and observed thee, and when time commeth he will hate thee.  If thou hast heard a word, let it die with thee, and be bold it will not burst thee. A fool travaileth with a word, as a woman in labour of a child. As an arrowe that sticketh in a mans thigh, so is a word within a fool’s belly. Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it, and if he have done it that he doe it no more.”  ~Ecclesiaticus (Sirach) 19:6-12

Excessive or vain talking (II Timothy 2:16), or the unresisting need to always have a say, the last word, or speak what’s on the heart (Jeremiah 17:9).  Redundancy or speaking beyond your understanding (Proverbs 30:32), are all exposures of one’s pride, lack of maturity and an untamed tongue.  Also in regards to speaking beyond your understanding; you can potentially mislead or confuse others that don’t know or that are easily influenced causing sin upon them.

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”  ~Matthew 6:7

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”  ~Matthew 12:36-37 

“A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.”  ~Proverbs 18:2

“A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.”  ~Proverbs 18:6-7

“My son, go on with thy business in meekness; so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved. The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord. Many are in high place, and of renown: but mysteries are revealed unto the meek. For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly. Seek not out things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength. But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence, for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret. Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand. For many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment. Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not.”  ~Eccesiasticus (Sirach) 3:18-23

“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”  ~James 3:2-5

Flattering Words and A Hypocrite

There are those that can talk a good talk, and even quote many scriptures, but so can sinners and hypocrites.  Talk is cheap in this case, let your actions prove your wisdom (James 1:26)!

“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”  ~Matthew

“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”  ~Proverbs 14:23

“An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.”  ~Proverbs 11:9

Boasting

“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.  Let another man praise thee, a stranger, and not thine own lips.”  ~Proverbs 27:1-2

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.”  ~I Corinthians 3:18

“And that ye study to be quiet.”  ~I Thessalonians 4:11

Swearing and Cussing

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”  ~Exodus 20:7

“But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”  ~James 5:12

“Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it shall never be taken in his lips.  The sinner shall be left in his foolishness: both the evil speaker and the proud shall fall thereby.  Accustom not thy mouth to swearing; neither use thyself to the naming of the Holy One.  For as a servant that is continually beaten shall not be without a blue mark: so he that sweareth and nameth God continually shall not be faultless.  A man that useth much swearing shall be filled with iniquity, and the plague shall never depart from his house: if he shall offend, his sin shall be upon him: and if he acknowledge not his sin, he maketh a double offense: and if he swear in vain, he shall not be innocent, but his house shall be full of calamities.  There is a word that is clothed about with death: God grant that it be not found in the heritage of Jacob; for all such things shall be far from the godly, and they shall not wallow in their sins.  Use not thy mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word of sin.  Remember thy father and thy mother, when thou sittest among great men. Be not forgetful before them, and so thou by thy custom become a fool, and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse the day of thy nativity.”  ~Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 23:7-14

“The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words will never be reformed all the days of his life.”  ~~Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 23:15

Lying

It’s completely understandable why trust is abated when lying is discovered.  Trust is a special privilege one gives.  Lying is never worth causing pain to someone you say you love.

“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and flattering mouth worketh ruin.”  ~Proverbs 26:28

“Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.”  ~Proverbs 12:22

“A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.”  ~Proverbs 13:5

Please consider all the evil ways women of today use their tongue.  Thoughts pondered off anger, hate, envy, jealousy are evil and roll off the tongue too easy. The Christ like action should be to think of your sister or brother before you open your mouth.  My sisters, it’s imperative you begin to catch your tongue!

“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”  ~James 3:10-11

“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.”  ~Proverbs 21:23

 

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