Commentary By: Gordon King
We often hear about children who are bullied in school and also on the internet. At times the victims of these attacks become deadly, when innocent children take their own lives. Just how many of these people doing the bullying really know just what they are doing? Do they really understand what it is that they are perpetrating? Do they know the effects that it has on these victims?
Children are not the only victims of bullying, even adults are found being attacked by other adults. Some of the perpetrators know exactly what they are doing, yet there are many more who do not. Many believe that they are merely joking around, just having a good time. They seem oblivious to the fact that they are internally wounding those at the other end of their jokes, and at other times they do it to boost their own ego.
Many times these attacks can be very subtle, yet many other times they are very blatant and in your face.
Many people are not even aware of what they are doing as they cause injury to the recipients of their bullying. They don’t seem to see what they are doing nor do they see the harm that it is causing.
“Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.“
Satan is very cunning and clever, deceiving those who will be deceived, leading those who he can. We all must be aware of who it is that is leading us, just who it is we are following! Satan is the father of all lies, and we must remember that his is to steal, kill, and destroy!
Even as believers in Jesus Christ we can be fooled by Satan, we can be led to do and say things to other people that cause them to be harmed. And while we may not see physical harm, at many times there are emotional wounds, wounds which cut deep into the soul.
We must be very careful not to harm others, especially other believers in Jesus Christ. If and when we do then we are not only attacking the believer but Christ Himself! Christ is in us and we are in Christ, we have been made one with Christ, we put down our own life and put on His as Christ lives both in us and through us!
We can bridle a horse and lead him around, we can tame a horse, but the tongue can be tamed by no man!
“But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.“
We must control what comes out of our mouths, we are the ones who speak and who hold back from speaking, it is up to us alone.
“With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.“
As children of God we are to love and bless, not to hate and curse! The tongue is a mighty weapon, words can cut, they can damage, they can destroy!
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.“
“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
A lying tongue, a false witness who speaks lies, these things the Lord hates, they are an abomination to Him!
“These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.“
If we say that we are believers in Jesus Christ yet but do not bridle our tongue then we deceive ourselves.
“If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.“
What we do and say in this life are seeds that we sow, they do and will affect us now and later.
1 Peter 3:10
“For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;”
We will be judged for our works and also for what we say.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.”
What comes out of our mouth is what is in our heart, if our heart is good then we will speak good, if our heart is evil then we will speak evil.
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
How do we speak? Do we speak evil things to other people or do we speak good things to other people? Do we produce good or do we produce evil? It is what is in our heart that comes out of our mouth, and by their fruit you shall know them.
“You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.“
The world is full of sinners, and sinners do sinful things, this is their fruit. However, believers in Jesus Christ do not live sinful life styles, or at least they shouldn’t if they are saved. As believers we must be very careful of what comes out of our mouths, we must guard our hearts and speak from the abundance of the Holy Spirit within us.
Words can hurt, they can cut like a knife, and whether or not we think so, it is the recipient of our words that feel the pain. Perhaps we think that we are being funny, but to the person at the other end of our words we may just be killing them, one cut at a time!
Build each other up, encourage one another, comfort one another with your words! Be kind, be righteous, be holy, just as God is holy.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!