The Ten-Day Word Fast (http://bible.com/r/pp) is one of the reading plans the ‘You version’ app offers. It has been really helpful in helping me consider how to ‘tongue control’.
When it comes right down to it I cannot tame my tongue so I keep it in it’s cage & shut my trap so it can’t get out.
Sometimes it is better for people to think your a fool than to open your mouth and remove all douby.
To not say anything, keep my options to myself never hurt anyone but expressing my opinions at the expense of others or to elevate myself above them is just simply another sin that I’ve committed too many times.
So what do I try to do?
Make decisions on how to live this life by observing not judging and emulate, or imitate Christ without mutilating others.
If I keep myself occupied, with my eyes fixed on Jesus, I’ll be so preoccupied by Him that I will find no interest in what others may or may not be doing or not doing.
I’ll take my expectations off others and even off myself and put all my expectations on Him who never let’s anyone down.
I no longer have to make judgment calls but rather make good decisions on who I let mentor, encourage and be influential on me.
When it comes right down to it only Christ’s characteristics and only His judgment matters.
Words from others can do so much damage (only if we let them). But we must remember it is a two wsy street and our words can hurt others too.
In Christ, Beetle
EXTRA –going a little deeper
While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.
He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.
So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
“But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
“He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
“The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ “ ‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
“The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’ “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
“Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ “ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’
“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’ ”
Luke 19:11-27 NIV
Jesus told this story about an earthy king and judge. The only way to understand how God judges we have to build our relationship with Him and petition Him. Be vested in Him and invest ourselves in being who He wants us to be, living how He wants us to live.