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A Kosher Tongue

November 16, 2012

This morning I found myself reflecting back on a blog post I read recently by Lois Tverberg. What jogged my memory was an unease I felt this morning about some things I had said to someone about someone else, giving more information than the other person probably needed to know. Then I came across this morning’s lectionary reading: “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight reign on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” (James 1:26). Ouch. Tverberg’s blog post is actually an excerpt from her book Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, which I’ve also been reading lately. I think the whole post is worth a read, so here goes:

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:22).

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to leave a room knowing that no one will say anything unkind about you? Or to not need to worry that a co-worker’s coolness is because she got wind of your comments about her over lunch last week?

We can preserve a friend’s marriage with our wise counsel. Or we can shred the self-worth of a child with criticism, or incinerate a friendship with gossip. We all fail daily at being consistently Christ-like in what comes out of our lips.

Is there any way to improve what comes out of our mouths? (more…)