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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Toothpaste Sermon

     Imagine a tube of toothpaste.  You twist the top off and you begin to squeeze the toothpaste out.  You continue until all the toothpaste is out.  Can you put the toothpaste back into the tube like it was before you began to squeeze?  What you can get back into the tube, will it ever be the same?

     Now imagine the tube of toothpaste is you and the toothpaste itself are the words that come out of your mouth.
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We make the mistake of speaking out of our anger or frustration over the pressure we're under.  Or we speak out of irritation or just a desire to be a "smart mouth."  Worst of all is when we just speak whatever comes out of our mouth without any consideration for the feelings of others.  

Our words are powerful.
They have the power to build up or to tear down and yet we don't take any care for what we allow to come out of it.  There is no way to take back your words once they are spoken... the deed is done. Not caring who you hurt or if you hurt someone with what comes out of your mouth is a sign of a selfish person and a definite character flaw.

     Ignorance of the pain and injury that others carry with them does not remove the responsibility you carry for the harm your words have done.  God says that each and everyone of us will one day stand and give account for every careless word that has proceeded out of our mouths.

So, what will you say when that day comes?

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