The Triumphant Tongue

A Greek philosopher asked his attendant to prepare a dinner for his closest friends. He advised him to “prepare your best meal for my distinguished guests.”
On the day before the banquet he asked, “What are you going to serve my friends?”
“Tongue,” he replied.
With curiosity he asked, “Why tongue?”
“Well, my lord, tongue is my best meal. With it we may bring happiness, dispel sorrow, remove despair and inspire others,” he said quietly.
A few days later the philosopher went again to his attendant and said, “I want you to prepare your worst meal for my guests next week.”
On the day before the banquet, he asked the same question, “What are you going to serve my guests?”
“Tongue,” was the reply.
“Tongue?” he asked in amazement. “You said that tongue was your best meal. Now it’s your worst.”
“Yes,” said the attendant. “With the tongue we break hearts, destroy reputations, promote discord and begin wars.”
David said, “The righteous will ‘use their tongues’ to rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him. All the upright in heart will glory in Him.”
James said, “No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”
The tongue: It can be a blessing or a curse.
Prayer: What a power we have in our tongues, Lord. Help us to use them wisely to speak Your love to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 64:10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him! 

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