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February 23, 2005

Kiss Your Mama With That Mouth?

For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.

Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.

Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!

And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.

But no one can tame the tongue; it is 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.

My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.

James 3:2-10

This week's TableTalk devotions focus in large part on the tongue. Like last Lenten season, Sora is posting her daily What Comes Out of the Mouth reflections. I encourage you to take the time to check it each day for meditation.

Lord, help me please. . .


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ah...it's good I stopped by here first this morning. I can tell my mouth wants to act up today. :) thanks.

Posted by: sparrow at February 24, 2005 03:44 PM

Blessed Lent to you and yours! I am thankful for my dear children who forgive me time and time again for losing control of my tongue!

Posted by: bonnie at February 24, 2005 10:03 PM

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