We can never hear the warning often enough. The tongue (or typing finger) may be small, but oh so deadly when not under the sanctifying grace of God.
Father, I’m weary of being misunderstood. I’m tired of the ungracious scrutiny of others. Hide me, dear Lord, in the secret place of Your presence. Keep me from people who speak about me, but not to me. I am helpless against the riptide of their words. I cannot defend myself. Refresh my heart to look on them with love. I accept this part of Your cross. Change my heart to speak with Your love and sculpt my life through these situations. Let their hard words chiel away my roughness, forming Christ.
Pastors and leaders must recognize, and then relinquish, any methods of control and manipulation they exercise. They must cease to gossip against fellow pastors and other believers, to talk disrespectfully about other ministries, or to reveal personal tidbits shared in confidence with them. Pastors who have privileged information, are sometimes the worst offenders of gossip. They must refrain from talebearing, before the wineskin tears.
Scripture says that love doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love looks for the best and wants to believe the best. It’s not hasty to embrace rumors of evil. When love hears a sad report it hopes it isn’t true, and love grieves if it learns that it really is true. It gives a person the chance to explain what they believe, hearing both sides of the story, instead of just taking someone else’s word for it.
Daily Christian Quote resides under the umbrella of Katherine Walden Ministries and is pleased to announce the official book launch of Katherine’s latest book, “Not Always altogether.”
What the trailer below and find more details on the official “Not Always All Together Official Page”
Are Christians really supposed to be the ones who’ve got it all together all the time? If the title of my book, “Not Always All Together“, is any indication, I certainly don’t believe so.
Some people believe that most Christians enjoy lives that radiate continuous health, wealth, and happiness while living in perfect harmony within the Body of Christ. No one messes up, no one has any doubts, and no one ever gets hurt. Except them. Really?
As you journey through this sometimes touching, sometimes challenging, always encouraging thirty-one-day devotional, you’ll discover the many preconceptions and outright lies many Christians buy into while doing life within the Body of Christ. Rich with stories from my Christian walk, Not Always All Together offers you the opportunity to set aside some of those misconceptions and embrace the truth by applying practical applications provided at the end of each chapter.
Additional bonus content may be found on Youtube as I have recorded 31 videos, one for each chapter of the book. You’ll find more stories, insights, and wisdom in these short video clips! If you are here for a sneak peek, please note the entire library of videos won’t be made public all at once. I will be releasing them throughout Mid-August to Mid-September 2017.
One of the most difficult defilements of the spirit to deal with is the critical spirit. A critical spirit has its root in pride. Because of the ‘plank’ of pride in our own eye, we are not capable of dealing with the ‘speck’ of need in someone else. We are often like the Pharisee who, completely unconscious of his own need, prayed “God, I thank you that I am not like other men” (Luke 18:11). We are quick to see – and to speak of – the faults of others, but slow to see our own needs. How sweetly we relish the opportunity to speak critically of someone else – even when we are unsure of the facts. We forget that “A man who stirs up dissension among brothers” by criticising one to another is one of the “six things which the Lord hates” (Proverbs 6:16-19)
The cure of an evil tongue must be done at the heart. The weights and wheels are there, and the clock strikes according to their motion. A guileful heart makes a guileful tongue and lips. It is the work-house where is the forge of deceits and slanders; and the tongue is only the outer shop where they are vended, and the door of it. Such ware as is made within, such, and no other, can come out.
You may tame the wild beast; the conflagration of the forest will cease when all the timber and the dry wood are consumed; but you cannot arrest the progress of that cruel word which you uttered carelessly yesterday or this morning.
Frederick W. Robertson
Learn to hold thy tongue; five words cost Zacharias forty weeks of silence.
I would rather play with forked lightning, or take in my hand living wires with their fiery current, than speak a reckless word against any servant of Christ, or idly repeat the slanderous darts which thousands of Christians are hurling on others.