[Based on a sermon by Henry Wiley www.gracebaptist.ws]
Words are incredibly powerful, God spoke the world into existence. Or consider the aweful effect of stirring speeches from the likes of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Kony. Our words have the power to build up or the power to tear down. A single phrase can on occasion burrow deep within your soul and needle your conscience or self-esteem for years and years. So we must be careful. We can read the bible, go to church, say our prayers, give money to the poor but if we speak hurtful and careless words then our witness is undermined. Steve mentioned yesterday that we are not saved BY deeds but TO do good deeds — so also the evidence of our salvation will show up in our speech. Salvation is not from what you do, per se, it’s about who we are (followers of Jesus) and who we are will be evident in what we do and say. If you choose to sin with your eyes, feet or hands some passage of time usually occurs between the thought and the deed. Not so with your tongue, it’s as quick as taking half a breath. Your tongue can wreak havoc in a millisecond if you don’t keep it under control. Paul’s advice to us is to be slow to speak. Good advice!