by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada
"The Tongue has the power of life and death, those who love it will eat itís fruits.Ē (Proverbs 18:21)
What you say and what you donít say are both important . Once you say a word, that canít be taken back. Each word we utter has itís own impact. If we say the word of blessing, you will get blessings. If you say the word of curse, you will get cursing. So, before we utter a word, think twice, is it a word of good or a word of bad? Tame our tongue. Untamed tongue include gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattering, and lying. James compares the damage the tongue can do to a raging fire. Psychologically people are inclined to stand and work for the words they talk. So they get the fruit based on what they talk.
Mathew is a great grand father aged 104. He has six sons. All are with their grand children and great grand children living in different parts of the world. Still Mathew takes bath daily in cold water and walks daily and read four daily news papers without spectacles and interacts with locals. His 100th (centenary) birthday was celebrated grandly with all kiths and kinís present. At that occasion all sons said that, they never heard a word of curse from the mouth of their father. Mathew always laughs and smiles and bless everybody. He has never taken a stick to his sons and grand children for their discipline. But they are well disciplined.
Mathew eats the fruits of his words. Likewise, we all can eat the same blessings today through our words of peace and love. Let the spring of lovely words sprout from the mouth of all of us.
Jesus, we know we get what we talk. Let our words
be a blessing and soothing for those who hear them. Today, let us all enjoy the
fruits of our words. Control our tongues by your spirit. This we ask in the name
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