There's a Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde in all of us.

"All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be." --James 3:7-10.

Thinking about the old classic of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, how do we see it? A normal doctor living an ordinary life, making sure that society's morals are met; but when the sun goes down, a monster arises with no morality whatsoever and brings havoc along with its illogical behavior. How can the blog title be relevant then? I most certainly, I don't know about the rest of you, don't turn into a monster at the break of dusk (some people might think otherwise when I'm not in the best of moods, but that's besides the point)! Oh, the contrary! We may not be transforming into a raging beast, but we are indeed living separate lives.

Without realizing it, we are all bearing arms in this battle of everyday life: our tongues. Why does the psalmist constantly use the word "tongue" in such a negative context?
"For they do not speak the truth; their stomachs are like the place of destruction, their throats like an open grave, their tongues like a steep slope leading into it" (Psalm 5:9; NET; emphasis added).
"His mouth is full of curses and deceptive, harmful words; his tongue injures and destroys" (Psalm 10:7; NET; emphasis added).
"Your tongue carries out your destructive plans; it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver" (Psalm 52:2; NET; emphasis added).
 "I am surrounded by lions; I lie down among those who want to devour me; men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are a sharp sword" (Psalm 7:4; NET; emphasis added).
"They sharpen their tongues like a sword; they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge" (Psalm 64:3; NET; emphasis added).
So you get the picture that the psalmist is portraying, right? The tongue is such a powerful tool, but we so often use it for harm to others: beguilement, deceit, false witness, boasting, flattery, exaggeration, contentious words, murmuring, and lying. Lying, in my opinion, seems to be the sin that is least taken seriously. We don't realize that God sees that "little white lie" as awful as murder. With every sin that we commit (whether it's petty theft at the corner store or a mass murder at a bank), we deserve death (Romans 6:23).

Today....tomorrow....the rest of the week, let's pay attention to what we say and how we say it, making certain that our intentions are right. We don't want to degrade people that we know. We don't want to harm others for our own personal gain. We're called to love one another as God loves us. When we stab people in the backs with our words, we are hurting God as well. That is a perspective that we should often be thinking about.

God bless!


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