Watch Your Words

March 2013 - Here's How
by Mark Ross

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March 2013 - Here's How

“Where words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent” (Prov. 10:19). Scriptural warnings about the control of our tongues are many and urgent; yet sincere and devoted Christians often disregard them.

How Christians discuss politics is a perfect example. Many portray candidates of the opposing party in the worst possible light. Did you know all Democrats are left-wing liberals bent on turning the U.S. economy into a socialist state? Did you know all Republicans are extreme right-wing conservatives with no compassion for the poor or sense of social responsibility? We reach these conclusions simply by identifying a person’s party affiliation, without ever meeting or speaking with that individual about his or her views.

Our Lord teaches us that by the measure we judge, we shall be judged (Matt. 7:1-2). Such a warning should encourage us toward the most generous view of others, yet even within the church, we often adopt the patterns of the world and allow our speech toward one another to be corrupted.

We would be shocked and grieved to learn that anyone among us was contemplating murdering a fellow believer, yet we violate the sixth commandment with thoughts and words as well as actions.

Why did Christ die for you?

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