Look Good! (1)
Your tongue is just inches from your brain, but the way some of us rattle on, you’d think our mouths and minds were miles apart! James says, ‘…The tongue…corrupts the whole body…’ (James 3:5-6 NIV).
Author Ramona Cramer Tucker writes: ‘I admit I’m a talker …I don’t set out to break a confidence, but somehow my mouth kicks into gear before my brain…But God takes a clear stand on gossip. He knows loose lips can ruin another person’s reputation, introduce mistrust into a relationship, encourage the gossiper to embellish their tale, and cause them to sin by being tempted to lie when confronted…I love to share news, to be “in the know”, and because I’m wired this way it’s easy for me to spread gossip under the guise of being well-meaning, even prefacing my news with “I wish you’d pray for”…But just because my sharing is well-meant doesn’t mean it’s appropriate.’
The most common reason for making someone else look bad—is to make ourselves look good! We are like the proud Pharisee in the temple who stood alone and prayed, ‘…God, I thank you that I am not like other people…’ (Luke 18:11 NCV).
The writer of Proverbs says, ‘If you have done foolishly in exalting yourself, or…thought evil, lay your hand upon your mouth.’ It’s one thing to think bad thoughts—it’s another to voice them. The saying goes: ‘You can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from building a nest in your hair!’ So do yourself and everybody around you a favor—practice putting your brain in gear before engaging your mouth. That’s one of the best ways to look good!
‘…lay your hand upon your mouth.’ Proverbs 30:32 AMP
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Philippians 1:8-10; 2:13-17
I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus! It is my prayer that your love may abound more & more, with knowledge & all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, & so be pure & blameless for the day of Christ. It is God who works in you, both to will & to work for his good pleasure. do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless & innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked & twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad & rejoice! That I may know him & the power of his resurrection! One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind &straining forward
to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore as many as are mature think this way! Join in imitating me
& keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus! Amen!