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When your words don't match your love for God



Psalm 19:14 I hope my words and thoughts please you. Lord, you are my Rock, the one who saves me.

This topic is close to my heart because I continuously learn lessons in how powerful written and spoken words are in uplifting people. After all, each one of us was created in God's image. And, each one of us falls short in our own unique, sinful ways. We really can't point fingers without examining our own shortcomings.

James 3:5, 7 (The Message)
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. 
This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!

So if we post on our social networks that we love God, there's no way we can turn around and post crude, profane words and questionable photos or smart, demeaning innuendos. That's simply inconsistent with honoring God. 

Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 

You dishonor God.

Never forget that God is holy. He will not tolerate your double-tongued ways!  

Consequences are real and He will not overlook your words or what's in your heart.

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