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Girls, we must guard our tongues. It is so easy to let careless words slip, but the hard part is, we can never take them back. We must stop unkind words before they leave our lips. This is extremely difficult. Taming the tongue is one of the hardest things anyone can do. “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” –Matthew 12:36-37. As written in Matthew, we will be judged for every careless word. Speak in a way that brings glory and honor to God, not just what brings enjoyment and laughs with your friends.
Swearing comes to mind when peoples talk about watching their ‘words’. While swearing is depraved, there are many other sins that our tongues may struggle with. Perhaps you tease, gossip or tell inappropriate jokes. This is just as dire a sin as swearing. “My lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit.” – Job 27:4. Instead of gossiping, spread the good news of Jesus! Instead of taking the Lords name in vain, say ‘Oh my goodness’! There are many ways to share a laugh with a friend without resorting to gross jokes. Talking with friends is fun, but we have to watch what we say and how we say it.
God’s fifth commandment to us is to ‘honor your father and mother’. That means we are to use respectful words when addressing our parents (and all people in authority over us). I have found that even when I disagree with my parents, if I can respectfully state my position, my parents are much more likely to listen to what I have to say.
Remember that God blesses those who abide by His commands! Use your words for good, not bad. When in a tight spot, don’t let your anger get the better of you, count to 10 or leave the area for a few minutes. Memorize some verses to remind yourself of God’s truths to help you in this time of need.
“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” –James 1:26
“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” –Proverbs 15:4
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” –Proverbs 31:26
“Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.” –Psalm 139:4 (c)
September 2, 2009
Every girl longs to do something great to bring glory to her heavenly Father. He has placed that longing in our hearts! How do we know what our gifts are? How will we find them?
Spend time with God everyday. To find out how you can honor God, you must first know Him and love Him with your whole being! Read your Bible and pray about it, specifically asking God to reveal His special mission for you. Remind yourself to pray by wearing a ring or bracelet.
Try to take the focus off yourself and instead think about how you can help others. This is a hard one especially in this day and age when every ad or commercial is about how you can ‘enjoy yourself’. Delight yourself in your family, friends and neighbors and work at being a blessing to them.
Through it all, continue to pray to the Lord and ask for His guidance. Don’t swerve to the right or the left. Stay on the path that God has set before you. Run your race and don’t worry about others around you. I know it can sometimes be discouraging when others win great awards or do splendid things, but you need to focus on your walk with the Lord.
Be willing to do hard things. Bad habits and hidden sins keep us from achieving our great goals! We will not be able to accomplish great things for God if we are stuck in the trap of sin. Do hard things to break free from Satan’s hold on your life. They may seem small and not worth all the fuss, but until you break free of bad habits, they may prevent you from accomplishing your goals.
Don’t be discouraged! Think of this; the more time you spend with God, the deeper your faith will grow. The deeper you faith grows, the stronger your life will be. The stronger your life is, the brighter your light will shine. People will notice and that is a gift right there.
Keep strong in your faith, fellow pilgrims, for I am a work in progress too. As your time spent with God reveals your gifts whether big or small, use them to bring glory to God! (c)
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