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Loose Lips Sink Ships

"But no man can tame the tongue. It has become an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." - James 3:8.

My title this morning comes from an idiom that became popular during WWII. The most famous poster regarding this was produced by the Seagrams distillery and depicted a sinking ship with the saying imposed upon it. Seymour R. Goff was the designer/artist and he went by the pseudonym, "Ess-ar-gee" The saying literally meant for people to beware of unguarded talk that might aid the enemy. All countries had some variation of the saying, even the Germans. There's said; "Sham Dich Scwatzer." which in translation said, "Same on You, Blabbermouth." James touched on the misuse of the tongue in earlier chapters (1:26) of his epistle. As with such matters, after an initial mention, James went on to other things, but returned to the scene of the potential crime for a fuller treatment in chapter three (3). In his writings on the subject, James gets closer to the book of Proverbs than any other NT author on this very important subject. It is certainly no surprise that he reserved some of his most powerful admonitions for those who "dice and slice" others with careless speech... James' sentiments and those of wise men in the OT were alike in that they understood both the blessings and curses that emanate from the tongue. Words like these; "Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" (Prov.12:18). With the power of google, I'll bet you can find numerous sayings in the Proverbs about the use of wise and unwise words... I believe that when James previously taught on faith and works, that he firmly thought that words were a work... Words can be used either to build up or destroy; To either encourage or humiliate. Words as deeds, have a power for good or evil, as they can build bonds of affection and trust, or build walls and give birth to suspicion. James sets some very important guidelines for us as he impresses on his readers to measure their words carefully.... Lets all keep our ships afloat....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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