Measure Twice but Cut Once

Recently my husband and I were watching a movie about a wedding dress.  One thing that was said stuck in my mind–that was when measuring to make a dress (or other homemade clothing) for sewing, to measure twice but cut once.

As I began to ponder on this, I was quickly reminded how this was like our tongue.  The tongue can be one of our best ways to express our praise and blessing or one of most powerful weapons that destroys relationships, discourages others and hurts the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Some say: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”  How far from the truth that really is.  Bones mend over time but hurtful words are like pouring salt into an open wound. Each time they come to mind it is like opening up that wound all over again.  Once the words come out of your mouth, they cannot be taken back.  You can apologize but the words are out there to continue the path of destruction as shown in (NKJV) James 3:1-12:

1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed,[a] we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 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. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 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. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

So how can we use our tongue to express our praise and blessings to honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rather than cause destruction and hurt our testimony of Jesus Christ?  On our own we cannot but by allowing Jesus Christ to manifest himself through our lives, we can.  Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

When we seek God’s direction, we will begin to respond and speak in a manner that will honor and glorify His name. We begin to speak also in a tone that becomes a testimony of the work God is doing in us.

So remember to think twice before we speak once and then only after we have asked God to allow us to respond in the same manner Jesus did when faced with difficult situations.

                                                                           written in type by Patsy Paul, inspired by Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.


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