Friday, April 21st, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 31)
Mouth: Your Curser
You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people.
Exodus 22:28 (NASB)
No one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
James 3:8-10 (NASB)
As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.
Psalm 109:17 (NKJV)
Among the last Words of Moses are These: 'I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live' (Deuteronomy 30:19).
When I finally committed to Christ, this Verse was revelatory for me. I realized everything is a choice, and every choice we make matters a lot--including or especially our words.
What if your mouthy receptionist cursed? Clearly or quietly, curses came forth: dire predictions from a temple of God. Maybe the temple felt isolated: forgotten by God amidst challenges. Maybe the temple felt overburdened: too many people or duties to bear. Maybe the temple felt it was too plain: too small, too simple or not grand enough. Maybe the temple felt inadequate: guilty, dirty and not worthy of God.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider some things about cursing:
1) If someone curses you without cause, don't believe it. It cannot harm you. 'Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, so a curse without cause does not alight' (Proverbs 26:2).*
2) If you ignore a curse or offense, God reckons it as glory for you. 'A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression' (Proverbs 19:11).**
3) If you curse yourself, you curse God's work. 'For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them' (Ephesians 2:10).***
4) If you curse others, God may curse you. 'An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will escape from trouble' (Proverbs 12:13). 'Whoever digs a pit will fall into it' (Proverbs 26:27).****
5) Curses are self-fulfilling prequels. 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit' (Proverbs 18:21). In other words, we become what we speak.*****
To Be Continued...
* 'The Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you' (Deuteronomy 23:5). 'You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives' (Genesis 50:20).
** 'But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you' (Matthew 5:44). 'Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you' (Colossians 3:13).
*** 'You turn things upside down, as if the Potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the One Who formed it, 'You did not make me'? Can the pot say to the Potter, 'You know nothing'? ' (Isaiah 29:16).
**** 'For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned' (Matthew 12:37).
***** See Gill's Exposition on Proverbs 18:21: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/proverbs/18-21.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.