What a face! I look at her and she says "go away" as surely as I am breathing. I actually like what she does with her eyes, but her tongue; WOW, what a tongue! I can only imagine what she might say? However large a tongue might be, its the words that people say that hurt! Words like dum-dum, RETARD, fat-boy, lazy, good for nothing and the like. Its not JUST the words, its HOW they are said, with stretched out syllables and emphasis that reveal hate that comes straight from the heart. I like how James puts it in chapter three:
Jas 3:2 For we all stumble in many ways. If any one does not stumble in word, this one is a mature man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Jas 3:3 Behold, we put bits in the mouths of the horses, for them to obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
Jas 3:4 Behold, the ships also, being so great, and being driven by violent winds, they are directed by a very small rudder, where the impulse of the one steering purposes.
Jas 3:5 So also the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how little a fire kindles how large a forest!
Jas 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, the world of iniquity. So the tongue is set among our members, spotting all the body, and inflaming the course of nature, and being inflamed by Hell.
Jas 3:7 For every species of beasts, both indeed of birds, of creeping things, and of sea animals, is tamed, and has been tamed by the human species;
Jas 3:8 but no one of men is able to tame the tongue; it is an unrestrainable evil, full of death-dealing poison.
Jas 3:9 By this we bless God and the Father; and by this we curse men having come into being according to the image of God. Gen. 1:26
Jas 3:10 Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brothers, it is not fitting for these things to be so. LITV
Strong words indeed! Try to remember them the next time you want to say something less than flattering; who knows, you just might save someone a very bad memory. Words can be good, however! I once asked my wife why she married me: She said" Well, its not because of your nose, because its so big you could land a plane on it; its not for money, because you only have to open your wallet to see how broke you are; its not for your family because we both know how much both our families hate one another". Why, then OH, why did you do it, I said? Her reply has echoed throughout the years and has given me great joy: "I married you because you KEPT ON TELLING ME THAT YOU LOVED ME, OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN; Finally, I believed you!! Success! forty years and counting!