Monday, 31 May 2010

Control your tongue – Part 3

The slanderous tongue - the slanderous make malicious statements, false or true, but with the intention of damaging your reputation, character or good name.
Some people are so insecure that they feel the need to slander about others, just because they view them as "competition" and all they want to do is secure and maintain their position.
Contrary to what you may think, diminishing the image of another’s is not going to enhance your image. Covering another’s light, will not make yours shine.

"Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.”
Proverbs 10:18 (NLT) The gossiping tongue – It is when a person engages in others personal affairs, to then run with the news to tell others. He or she is always spying and looking for new news to have something to talk about. Sometimes because this person has nothing better to do he or she is entertained with the gossip. This type of person is not to be trusted at all.
“ A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hand around the chatterers”. Proverbs 20:19 (NLT)
The know it all tongue – It is when a person cannot refrain from giving unsolicited opinions. This person has a high regard for his or her opinion and always use the words: "you should ..."
This person is extremely controlling and thinks he or she has control of all subjects, always wanting to have a better opinion then yours. Sometimes without noticing this kind of person is arrogant and proud, and tries to display intellectual superiority.

"The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.” Proverbs 12:23 (NLT)

The harsh tongue - have ever been treated poorly in shops, or while driving? It makes you feel bad, doesn’t it? When you are harsh with someone it can ruin your entire day. Sometimes you’re tired or your lack of time makes you act in a rude way, but think, this is not the other person’s fault. The person of God is patient, considerate and kind.
"A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare." Proverbs 15:1 (NLT)


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