Monday, January 11, 2010

"that you might follow in His steps"

"Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps:

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly."

- 1st Peter 2:17-23

Painful Lessons in Taming the Tongue

I am painfully in need of learning how to tame my unruly tongue.  How quick my tongue will strike back. How inept I am at keeping that monster bridled and under control.  Truly "it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison."  How many times must I hear this message of taming the tongue, and see the devastation an uncontrolled tongue can cause until I will master that beast and beat him into submission? 

Oh for the grace to keep my mouth shut...


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