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Entitlement Of The Tongue?

Wherefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak to wrath:  James 1:19.  Now why would James make this kind of statement?  Well we can see that he wasn’t the first and only.  Matthew 12:34 of vipers, O generation how can ye, being speaking good things?  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  Matthew shows us that that whatever overtakes your heart will come out of your mouth.  James warns us to bite our tongue.  This is something that I really try to do.  Because let me tell you that if I were to speak out on every single thing that upsets me or angers me, I would be all alone for the rest of my life.  Have you ever heard someone say something offence and then give a half apologize by saying, Oh I was just kidding.  After a while, if they are a person that does it repeatedly, one tends to not believe them.  Or, have you ever said something and then later regretted it, leaving you feel as if you can’t take it back.   Especially during the time of a fight with someone you love.  There are those who think they should have the right to express every little feeling that they have, on whatever the subject might be.  Entitlement.

Instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to have control of a situation, you think you should have that control and that the person or people you speak to should do just what you say.   James goes on to warn us in verse 26  If any man among you seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  Our tongue will either go into the direction of blessings or cursing’s.  So we should keep quiet until we know which direction our tongue wants to go.  Then do what we know is right and true.  I happen to know from experience that when I speak blessing upon others, I feel better. Not only with my emotions, but physically also.  I also notice that others want to be around me more often.  The same can be said in reverse.  The more anger words I speak, the worse I feel and the less people want to be around me.  When I speak words quickly and with anger, I am not trying to help anyone but myself.  To make myself feel better.  And at that time I am not caring or even thinking about the other person, at least not until I have finish saying what I want to say.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are those who may need immediate advice.  But, never forget the gift of choice that has been given to you.  Guidance to the Holy Spirit, guidance to the word can do more than guidance of your own understanding than you will ever know.

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