Tongue Sermon Illustrations

Tongue Sermon Illustrations

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It is not always the thing that you say,
That brings the heavy heart;
But that which you have left unsaid
Oft brings the keenest smart.
For many a heart might lightened be
Through words which you might speak;
And some poor soul new strength receive
That now is sad and weak.

It is not always the thing you do,
That brings the load of care;
But often things you leave undone
Bring souls nigh to despair.
The kindly deed, the pleasant smile,
The look you might have giv'n,
Perhaps had lifted fainting ones,
And brought them nearer Heav'n.

Not only for things said and done,
Must we an answer make;
For things unsaid, and things undone
Have caused full many an ache.
And many a load had never been,
And many a care had flown,
Had you and I God's voice obeyed,
Left naught unsaid, undone.—Anna L. Dreyer, in John Three Sixteeen.

What Do with this Talent?

There are men who pride themselves on their candor, and it degenerates into brutality. One such man said to John Wesley once, "Mr. Wesley, I pride myself in speaking my mind; that is my talent." "Well," said John Wesley, "the Lord wouldn't mind if you buried that!"—Dr. Griffith Thomas.

Mean Tongues of Orthodox Christians

"If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." That is what the Holy Spirit said through James in the third chapter of the book he wrote. This statement we should know to be true even if it were not in the Bible. All of us know, if we stop to think, that our most difficult task is to control our tongues. There is nothing today that is doing more to deaden the spiritual testimony of orthodox Christianity than the long, backbiting, mean tongues of some supposedly orthodox Christians. There are Christians that talk much about a separated life, and boast about what they do and do not do, and speak with great pride about their loyalty to orthodoxy, who spend their time dipping their tongues in the slime of slander and speaking the death warrant to the reputation of other orthodox Christians.

The Bible is filled with condemnation of people that slander other people. It condemns with great severity people who even take up a reproach about other people. It is just as bad to carry a rumor around after it starts as it is to start it.—Bob Jones, Sr., in The Fellowship News.

Be Silent

It is a great art in the Christian life to learn to be silent. Under oppositions, rebukes, injuries, still be silent. It is better to say nothing than to speak in an excited manner, even if the occasion should seem to justify a degree of anger. By remaining silent the mind is enabled to collect itself and call upon God in secret prayer. And thus you will speak to the honor of your holy profession, as well as to the good of those who have injured you when you speak from God.—Selected.

Spoken Words

Guard well thy lips; none, none can know (Prov. 13:3)
What evils from the tongue may flow (James 3:5, 6) ;
What guilt, what grief may be incurred (Judg. 11:35)
By one incautious word (Mark 6:22, 25, 26).
Be "slow to speak," look well within (Prov. 4:5),
To check what there may lead to sin (James 1:25),
And pray unceasingly for aid (Col. 4:2),
Lest unawares thou be betrayed (Luke 21:34).
"Condemn not, judge not"—not to man (I Cor. 4:3)
Is given his brother's faults to scan (Matt. 7:3).
The task is God's and His alone (Matt. 7:5),
To search out and subdue His own (1 Cot. 9:27).
Indulge no murmurings: oh, restrain (Phil. 2:14, 15)
Those lips so ready to complain (Job 27:4);
And if they can be numbered, count (Ps. 103:2, 3)
Of one day's mercies the amount (Lam. 3:23).
Shun vain discussions, trifling themes (Tit. 3:9);
Dwell not on earthly hopes and schemes (Deut. 6:4-7) ;
Let words of wisdom, meekness, love (James 3:13),
Thy heart's true renovation prove (Luke 6:45).
Set God before thee; every word (Gen. 17:1)
Thy lips pronounce by Him is heard (Ps. 139:4);
Oh, couldst thou realize this thought (Luke 12:2),
What care, what caution would be taught (Luke 12:3)!—Anonymous.

'The boneless tongue, so small and weak,
Can crush and kill,' declares the Greek.

'The tongue destroys a greater horde,'
The Turk asserts, 'than does the sword.'

A Persian proverb wisely saith,
'A lengthy tongue—an early death.'

Or sometimes takes this form instead,
'Don't let your tongue cut off your head.'

'The tongue can speak a word whose speed,'

The Chinese say, 'outstrips the steed.'

While Arab sages this impart,
'The tongue's great storehouse is the heart.'

From Hebrew writ this maxim sprung,
'Though feet should slip, ne'er let the tongue.'

The sacred writer crowns the whole:
'Who keeps his tongue doth keep his soul!'

(Prov. 21. 23; 1 Pet. 3. 10)

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