Me & the Family

Me & the Family

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Good vs Evil - (repost 2/2/09)

Good vs Evil.

I believe in good, therefore I believe in evil.  I say that you cannot believe in black and not believe in white.

It doesn't make sense.

With that I am going to take a quote from a book that I am reading.  It is called The Shack.

"I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing..."

This sentence really struck me when I read it.

How profound.

Many times we are hurt by something that someone we love says to us.  We build our wall, nice and tall and stronger then anything we have ever built before.

A fortress.

A fortress that is impenetrable.

A fortress with a moat that we built when more then likely we miscommunicated or reacted.

More then likely we forget the reason for the argument.  Yet that little argument took something so beautiful, like a marriage, and destroyed it.

Or so we let it.


"We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water."  

~James 3:2-12

Have you ever said something that was misunderstood and it snowballed?

At the same time, how soothing are your words to your child when they scrape their knee?  Or your friend when her parent dies? 

With the same tongue you can heal and hurt.

Good vs. Evil


It all comes down to taming it.
Teaching yourself to control it.

What comes out.

How it comes out.

When it comes out wrong...owning up to it and apologizing...yet learning what not to say.

More often then not, it's thinking about others more so then thinking about yourself.


Has your tongue gotten you into trouble?


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