Proverb of the week:
“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt…”
(If you think this picture is gross) Just imagine the irreplaceable damage the tongue can do to those who can hear the destructive words that came from it. It is impossible to un-ring a bell, the damage done goes all the way to your own soul.
Contents this week
Proverb of the week:
Story of the week:
“Tongue Gone Wild” Ronald L. Riedell
“Quote of the week
“Tongue Gone Wild”
One word spoken in anger, without thought can create a crack in a relationship that will take a lifetime to repair, or possibly divide your relationship forever.
I will not scandalize the third party I spoke to in anger, or the person I vented to. My words were mean and selfish. I am the one who suffers the most from my poor judgment and temporary lack of concern for the people I love. The things I say in anger haunt me days later, although I have been forgiven.
The tongue gone wild is a beast, if let loose it will destroy all within hearing distance and now with recording devices the potential is even more far-reaching.
“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. “
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? Can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
I cannot unring a bell. Once the words come out, they are out. Saying I am sorry does not heal the damage done. The only way I have found to dispell my regret is to forgive myself first and ask for forgiveness from the ones I harmed by my unbridled verbal assult against the choices they make that go against my own beliefs.
This week is about controlling your tongue before regret and forgiveness is necessary.
Defamation of character is the least harm, because although the actual effects can be damaging . The harm I am referring to is to myself, it is more like gossip but that is another story for another blog.
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Quote of the week:
Sometimes during a meal the impulse of self-esteem springs up inside you, urging you to speak at the wrong moment.
Then angelic thoughts protest within you and tell you to destroy this impulse to speak. If you do not resist the impulse by keeping silent as you should, but allow it to come out into the open because you are puffed up by delusion, then you will have to pay the penalty.
As a punishment you will perhaps be tempted to commit some grave sin; alternatively, you may experience severe bodily pain, or be involved in violent conflict with your brethren, or else suffer torment in the age to come. We shall have to give account for every idle and conceited word spoken by our ill-disciplined tongue.
Let us guard our tongue, then, with watchfulness.
The Psalm says of those who are tempted by thoughts of pleasure, anger, love of praise and the like, that the
sun burns them by day and the moon by night (cf. Ps. 121:6). Pray, then, to be sheltered by the cool and refreshing
cloud of God’s grace, so that you may escape the scorching heat of the enemy.
Never form a close friendship with someone who enjoys noisy and drunken feasts, or who likes telling dirty
stories, even though he may have been a monk for many years. Do not let his filth defile you; do not fall under the
influence of people who are unclean and uncircumcised in heart.
Evagrios the Solitary
Extracts from the Texts on Watchfulness
Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.