I got mad today. I mean really mad. I reached a point that I just couldn’t take anymore. Over the course of a few days, I have heard about a couple of situations where people in the church hurt other people in the church. And that alone is not why I got angry. The thing is, these people that were hurt, and we are talking about a deeply significant emotional hurt, were hurt by the WORDS of others. For some reason, many Christians still have not learned to just keep their mouths shut. I wish that I could just tell people to “shut your mouth,” “be quiet”…or the old adage, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!”
James 3:6, 9-10 warns us about the deadly nature of the tongue, saying “6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
These things ought not to be so! Brothers and sisters, we have members of our family in pain and unsure of their place in the church family because some have unbridled their tongue. We have some folks who have left our church family because other people have torn down other Christians in their presence. This is shameful. It is detestable.
Consider for just a moment, IF you had said something that hurt someone deeply, would you care? Would you feel awful and want to make things right? It is time that we stop gossiping. It is time that we stop talking bad about others. No one should be acting like this, but these things are even worse when we do it in front of new members and young Christians!
If your tongue has been out of control and you have hurt others, repent! Then get on your knees and beg for forgiveness. Humble yourselves. And remember, if you wouldn’t smack someone in the face then you shouldn’t gossip about them. It’s pretty much the same thing.