Research is a great tool and asset to those who use it wisely. I have the privilege like every other person to research what we write and talk. So today the meddling tongue and what exactly does it means? to cause stride, contend, stirred up, excite strife, instigate, excite oneself (against foe) wage war. I want you to see how James puts it, bear with me. The letter of James views controlled speech as one of the fundamental Christian disciplines:
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. – James 3:2-6
In James’s view, our tongue serves as a spiritual thermometer inasmuch as its words register our spiritual temperature toward God.The tongue can be cruel in two ways: by speaking evil, or by refraining from speaking good.
The meddler, busybody, nosy, is the one who is in everyone’s business–we all know some one and actually have been that person at some point. Some times even thinking that we are helping out with our meddling. This is the pursuit of information that is not our business. And the sharing with others that which is not their business either. How can we compare our words with a loaded weapon?
Character assassination, is not accomplished with a knife or another weapon but with words. We have heard that the power of life and death is in our tongue but until this study or re-visit of this tongue taming, did we really realize how much our words matter? That we have so much weight on the tip of our tongues to cause people so much pain, distress, hurt all due to a lack of control of our words and hasty speech.
How do we keep going around in this circle of those who will destroy people’s lives with the lack of control over our words? The meddler is more dangerous than the gossip who actually receives information directly from the person and them takes theses morsels and uses them for their purpose, irregardless of what is the good and right way. We are not to be talebearers! Don’t press people for information allow them to share freely or let the issue drop.
Now consider if you are the meddler, would you want someone pumping you for information that you were not willing to share? Would there be discomfort, embarrassment, anger rising up if you were faced with this situation? Do you owe every one, every request that they utter towards you? We have boundaries for the limits that protect both persons that nothing is over stepped or invaded. Without perimeters we do not know where the line is–that we do not cross it.
Your servant and brother, + Sir Godfrey Gregg Archbishop and Presiding Prelate Administrator and Apostolic Head
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