...and those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness." James 3:18
book of James in the New Testament has much to say about controlling the tongue. In fact, it compares the human tongue to a "restless evil full of deadly poison." In the same chapter, the author, (brother of Jesus) writes...."blessing and cursing flow from
the same mouth. Surely brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can't draw fresh water from a salty
spring." James 3:10-12
Poison ivy with its bright green leaflets of three
is a deceiving plant. Several years ago a poison ivy vine had wrapped itself around one of the trees in our backyard, and I have to say, it was actually pretty impressive. There was a definite strength to the vine and the way it had arranged itself around
the trunk of the oak was almost artistic. Then I was told it was poisonous and in time would kill the tree...
Some people, though made in the image of God, are much like
poison ivy. At first glance, they appear quite attractive and interesting, but on the inside there is venom and anger, a disposition that is easily provoked and though they appear to have an outward strength, they are just a "clinging vine,"
without a true connection to the One True Vine. In time they too will kill... with their words. Scripture refers to this as "murder of the tongue,' the sinful speech that exalts its perceptions over truth, a tongue that is "earthly, unspiritual and
even demonic." (Yes, our loving, merciful Savior often had harsh words for the hypocrite, those who failed to examine their own hearts before passing judgement on others.)
Once its "true identity" was discovered, the poisonous ivy growing in our backyard was cut down to its root. The tree will most likely live for many more years.
there are relationships that won't.
Freshwater and saltwater simply can't flow from the same stream. and it is nearly impossible to sow seeds of peace among troublemakers who sow
seeds of bitter discord and seem to have no remorse about doing so. The wheat may grow alongside the weeds, even in the same family, but in due season, they will be separated.
My pastor stated a few months back in one of his Sunday sermons that 3 simple words can become keys of wisdom to a troubled heart. LEAVE IT ALONE....until there is genuine repentance, leave the person, leave the situation, leave
the poisonous plant alone....
The rash that develops will only spread.....
of Thought for July 3rd, 2013~