Greetings, and welcome to the web site of the Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire. U.K. The tongue can be used both as an instrument of blessing, and sadly one of destruction. Words spoken with grace and warmth can be a source of encouragement, and comfort to those who may find themselves in the midst of difficult circumstances. We can be inspired by great poetry, or by powerful speeches made by Political leaders of a bygone age. We, here in Britain, hark back to the powerful words spoken to the nation by Sir Winston Churchill, words that galvanized a nation to fight in the teeth of overwhelming odds.
Sadly, words can also be used to bring destruction and offence and can be the cause of breakdown in marriages and in family life. We have just witnessed the inauguration of President Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Some of his recent speeches have caused great offence to sections of society world wide. We must hope and pray that the realities of power will somewhat temper his disposition.
King Solomon of Israel was the writer that penned most of the Old Testament book of Proverbs. He was a man known for his great wisdom, and he had much to say concerning the use of the tongue both for good and evil:-
‘HE WHO HAS A DECEITFUL HEART FINDS NO GOOD, AND HE WHO HAS A PERVERSE TONGUE FALLS INTO EVIL’.
‘DEATH AND LIFE ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE, AND THOSE WHO USE IT WILL EAT ITS FRUIT’.
The Lord Jesus Christ always spoke words of great grace and compassion. So many people were drawn to Him because of His kind words. Let us follow His example in the way that we employ the tongue in our daily lives.