Friday, November 9, 2007

Highlander


Growing up my brother and used to watch the TV series Highlander. These really cool guys with accents would run around with swords trying to kill each other because there can be only one. There can be only one immortal (I can hear the theme song playing in my mind right now…). This morning I am brushing my teeth and looking in the mirror with total disdain for myself because of the recent troubles I’ve been facing in the way I sue my tongue. So I’m telling myself, “Adam be wise today and do not use your tongue for evil, don’t use it as a weapon.” I starting thinking as to why I would even think that my tongue could be a weapon and I remember reading several things in the Bible that describe the tongue as this weapon that people use. The Bible has much to say about how we are to speak to one another and how powerful the tongue can be.

Heb 4:12, For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (NIV). Psalm 64: 2-5, Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear (NIV). Proverbs 12:16-20, A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies. Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment (NIV).

The tongue is sharp, used as a sword to cut deep into a person, but the Word is sharper than a double edged sword, piercing the soul. In Psalm 64 the tongue and the way people speak are illustrated as weapons of war. Staying grounded in the Word is a more effective weapon than even a wicked tongue and it can be conquered by this very living Word. So now there is only one, one Word, one God, one Love, that conquers the imposter, the weaker sword. Much like Highlander the sharper sword always wins and it is clear from Scripture that the Word is sharper than any double edged sword.

Why this is comforting to me, I guess I’m just a big ol’ kid!

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