Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Power of Words!

The bible provides much wisdom and good common sense advise when it comes to gossip, lying and the power of words. Of all places, I found these verses posted on fb. At least someone out there is using fb as a tool for God's purposes.  I have used the modern CEV translation here.  The CEV is a good paraphrase, which translates the bible into normal everyday english.  The Message is a more casual paraphrase of the bible.
If you obey the Lord you will always know the right thing to say. But no one will trust you if you tell lies.
Pr 10:32  CEV version

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor(Ex 20:16 NKJV).
Do not tell lies about others CEV Exodus 20:16 ----This is actually one of the ten commandments, given by God himself to Moses in the old testament

A gossip tells everything, but a true friend will keep a secret.  Proverbs 11:13 CEV

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Eph 4:29 NIV).

Stop all your dirty talk.  Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say.  Ephesians 4:29 CEV

A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards (Pr 29:11) KJV.
Don't be a fool and quickly lose your temper- be sensible and patient Proverbs 29:11 CEV

Gossip occurs everywhere- at work, home, school, the internet- even in volunteer/ humanitarian groups and churches- but just because its so prevelant in society  does not make it a good thing. This social  plague  invades every area and sphere of life.  In fact, gossip is even a multi-million dollar industry- perpetuated by modern media- television talk shows, entertainment news and commentaries, reality TV shows, news papers, and magazines are dedicated to gossip; filling  the endless pits of its consumers who pay their valuable time and money to the gossip industry.

It is obvious what kind of life developes out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetative, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all consuming- yet-never satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence toi love and be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community.  Galations 19-21 The Message translations

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