Hold Your Fire

The tongue is the easiest weapon.

Psalm 120:1-7

Reference: Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. (‭Psalm‬ ‭120‬:‭2‬ NIV)

Explore: A troll used to be a mythical creature who lived under a bridge. But now it is someone who says mean things about others on the Internet.

We have taken one of the worst from our fairy tales and allocated it to some of the worst of our world. It’s interesting that trolls don’t physically hurt people, in fact they don’t even come face to face with people, they use their words to tear people down.

But just because it’s only words, doesn’t mean they can’t do damage. Trolls can still cause pain and do harm.

Application: The Psalmist often spoke of enemies who came to kill and destroy, but he also spoke of those who used the harsh weapon of lying lips. We have have only just come up with the word “troll” but people have been destroying others with their words for thousands of years.

God speaks openly about how we should use our words, in many books of the Bible. Never does it say that it’s ok to pull people down with the statements from our mouths. But we do it all the time, usually to make ourselves feel better.

The tongue is the easiest weapon. We all have ready access to it and it becomes loose way too frequently.

But we all have the power to control it too. We can choose to use it to build people up or to tear them down. The choice is in your mouth!

Prayer: Lord, give us Your wisdom to know when to use our tongues and when to hold them. Amen.

How have you used your tongue weapon today?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.