Exhortations

Tongues

The tongue is where the ear listens.

God tells us in His Word that the tongue has incredible power. We can use our tongues to bring blessings and fruitful Life or embrace punishments that lead to death that will separate us from the Almighty. If we have not learned how to cherish Life, do it now rather than later and see good days coming soon rather than seeing Life go to waste that may not recover. When we love our lives and ignore evil tongues and deceitful speeches, we may find our glory built on a rock created by God that will not shake its foundation. Even an ultimate decisive blow from the highest peak of dark forces will never hurt us; what more do we need when we have all the protection against evil forces?

Because we have Him and He has us, what more do we need to enjoy the purposeful Life meant for us and not the trouble brought to us by the unhappy souls hiding in righteous clothing with glowing pearly skin to attract our vision but bring destruction to our minds? The saying “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is deceiving. Our tongues can be our greatest possession; they can lead us to the highest pedestal of social level, but they could also be the enemy that can bring us down to the bottomless pit of Life in total regret. Though the tongue is difficult to tame, with the love of God, His Spirit can help to walk us to the valley full of fruitful Words of guidance so that no one can be hurt as we open our mouths but instead helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen and do it. There is hope for those who don’t lose it.

The Bible encourages us to stay and remain hopeful that with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can have power and control over our tongues, be slow to speak, slow to anger, and weigh its answers by having a soothing tongue. When we guard our mouths and keep our tongues listening to the goodness of hearts, let us try to answer with gentleness and angry souls; it might prevent us from trouble, and without trouble, peace and enjoyable Life follow. Harsh words can only aggravate a more ugly situation. Humbleness works and is the best weapon to use.

Speaking wisdom to quarreling souls, rather than adding woods to an already-sparking fire, is a sign of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and it could mean Life in a new horizon of sanctification. Doing whatever is excellent and gentle to one another could also lead to understanding the meaningful Life of respect. We must encourage one another to start living with the Word of God, which gives Life a happy and healthy life full of grace.

Bible verses below can help alleviate the arrogance of the tongue. Life is too precious to waste. We can have it today and lose it tomorrow. Why wait to do good things when we can do it now?

Proverbs 12:6-7
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.

Psalms 119:171-173
171 May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.
173 May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.

Proverbs 6:16-19
16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

There are more verses to follow, and I leave it up to you to do the will of the Spirit within you. The kingdom is your family; guide them, and it will be a good harvest. Remember, the Word of God is the light of our lives; it guides us and informs us to do the right thing according to what He wants us to be. Our obedience, through a complete submission to His Will, will make us whole. Your Spiritual growth depends on you, and remember to ask those who lead your growth. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened. The Word of God is available to anyone who wants to be near Him, and whoever leads you is accountable for your spiritual growth. Lack of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God is also your responsibility to choose the right person to trust in your spiritual well-being.

To God be the glory.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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