I wanted to offer a word of praise. My dad, Larry, had catheter ablation surgery to correct very intense atrial fibrillation that he has been experiencing for quite some time now. Although the surgery lasted two hours longer than expected, they were able to complete the ablation and he is now at home resting and recovering. For everyone that knew about it and were praying, our family thanks you! We serve an awesome God that has blessed us with modern medicine and doctors with the skills necessary to fix these types of complex health issues.
Another thing we experience in this life that has the power to affect us is the tongue. James tells us about the power of the tongue in chapter 3, where he talks about it being “a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing.” We read on to find some challenging contrasts about the capability of the tongue.
“Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?” “Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs?” “Nor can salt water produce fresh.” I’m blown away when I stop and consider all of those stark contrasts and how it has proven true in my own life: that I can go from a time of praise and worship on Sunday morning where my tongue is praising my God and King, to complaining about something that someone in my life has said or done. Thinking about this passage this week has really offered up a need for a heart check in me.
It amazes me how powerful the tongue can be, and we see its effect in everyday life, don’t we? Just take a moment to stop and think about the situation you’re in at home, or at work, and how what is being said affects the mood in the room. Try to pay attention to the look on someone’s face when you complain. But, even better, see how they react when you say something like “I’m praying for you and your situation.” Better yet, see what happens when you stop in that moment and say, “I’d like to pray with you here and now.”
Proverbs 16:24 says “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
It’s amazing to me when I stop to think about the truth in that verse. I’m challenged by this to stop and think about how impactful our words can be to others the next time I’m in a conversation with someone. Will our tongues be “a restless evil full of deadly poison” or will it offer up “pleasant words” that “are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”? I hope, for the sake of others, it’s the latter.
As a word of encouragement, and to tie in with my email from Monday, I want to thank each and every person that serves at HHBC. A servant’s heart is truly amazing to me and I greatly appreciate all of you that serve in so many ways for the furthering of the kingdom and the Gospel. If you’re reading this and wondering how to get plugged in and how you can serve at HHBC, send us an email or give us a call, or walk down the aisle on Sunday and let us know what you’re passionate about, so we can help you get connected to what God is doing in the life of our church.
We’ll see you on Sunday morning!