Friday, June 15, 2012

Proverbs 16-18: The Fruit of Life or Death

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A special thank you to the WinePress Publishing Group for permitting me to post their "A Recipe For Gossip."

Chances are many of you reading this post have been hurt by careless words spoken by loose tongues and heard by itching ears, but I exhort you (and myself) do not loose heart or become angry or bitter.

God has commanded us to pray for and love our enemies.

Matthew 5:43-45
Amplified Bible (AMP)

43 You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy;

44 But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

45 To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike].

Here's why...Proverbs 18:21 warns us that we will eat the fruit of our words, and that fruit will either be life or death. This godly proverb doesn't say, it's ok to speak evil of our enemies, because they deserve it; they were using their words to hurt us.

Proverbs 18:21
Amplified Bible (AMP)

 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

I don't even want to imagine what death fruit "tastes" like.

Jesus empower us to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Let our tongues be instruments calling forth life!!! In Jesus' name!!! Amen!

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