Slip Of The Tongue

Please Read James 3:2

Ever said something you wish you could take back? Hopefully we all have. Why do I say this? Because James 3:2 says we all offend others in what we say and do. If anyone doesn’t they’re perfect. And we know there are no perfect people. Don’t beat yourself up too much for a slip of the tongue. If you can apologize to those you have offended. We can always apologize to God; confessing our sins to Him. (Proverbs 28:13) He knows we fall short and gives us His grace freely. (Romans 3:23-24) No one can go without saying something wrong, it is impossible. Though we should strive to have excellent speech we all have a slip of the tongue now and then.

I think the person most widely known for slipping with his tongue in the Bible is Peter. And I think it’s very unfair. Peter said some of the most profound things in the Bible too. But they don’t get as much publicity. For example, Peter was the first among the disciples to openly acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah. (Matthew 16:13-20) Peter also was the one who stood before the leaders of the early church and explained to them that God does not show partiality. He is not just the God of the Jews. He is the the God of every person in every nation that fears Him, and lives righteously. (Acts 10:34-35) Peter said and did so many wonderful things. These don’t seem to get the same coverage as Peter’s blunders. Our fallen sinful nature loves to harp on the shortcomings of others. Many so-called religious people today will wish they were like Peter. They don’t even come close to the Man Of God he was. Yet they find fault with him.

Please Read Proverbs 20:9 1 John 1:8-10

No one can honestly say, “I am pure and without sin.” That includes sinning with the words that come out of our mouths. If we say we are sinless we are deceiving ourselves and making God out to be a liar. The truth is not in us. God’s word is not in our hearts. But if we confess our sins (that includes what comes out of our mouths) God is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins. Let’s not pretend we never say anything wrong. Let’s go before the throne of grace and receive mercy from God. Words are very important to Him. If they were not Jesus wouldn’t have said that on Judgment Day people will have to give an account for every useless word that came out of their mouths. (Matthew 12:36-37) Let’s get ahead of the game so to speak. Let’s repent and ask God’s mercy when we have a slip of the tongue. And if we can apologize to others we’ve offended.

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