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Posted May 02, 2012
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tonguekeepeth his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23
I was thinking about Snapdragon flowers recently and it occurred to me that I can get a little "snappy" myself sometimes. Perhaps maybe act like a dragon too. It brought to my mind some other flower language I may not want to speak as well.
Be assured that I do love these type of flowers, but I figure they can teach me a few lessons as well as being pretty.
We usually think about dragons leaving a trail of destruction behind them. What about you? Is your mouth and tongue prone to snap? Snapping with our mouth can leave a lot of destruction wherever we go. Singe anyone's hair lately? Leaving puffs of smoke in your wake?
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Tulips (Two Lips)
When we say someone has "two lips" we mean that they have a tendency to speak out of two sides of their mouth. Do you speak one way about a subject to one person and another way about that subject to another? Do you speak with flattering lips?
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Proverbs 4:24
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. Psalm 12:2
I think we all have trouble with this one. There are just so many times when we should just keep our lips buttoned, but frankly it can be hard to do. Sometimes we could avoid so much trouble if we would just have kept our mouths shut. If we don't keep our lips buttoned, we'll be a "bachelor" in theory as no one will want to be around us.
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Proverbs 11:13
Red Hot Poker
Pokers are used to stir the embers around in the fireplace but some of us have a habit of doing the same thing with our tongues. We can't leave well enough alone. We have to stir up trouble with our words. Do you have any ashes and embers left on your tongue?
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 1 Timothy 5:13
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. Proverbs 16:28
Did you know there was such a thing as a Dracula flower? Some of us have Dracula mouths. We go sinking our teeth in and just sucking the blood right out of others by what we say. We give those little digs into people with words. Have you left your teeth marks on anyone lately?
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him. Proverbs 26:24
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. Titus 3:2
Scorpions have stingers which can be very venomous and also they have those claws that clench. Do you sting with your tongue? Grasp ahold of your victim and squeeze with what you say? Is your tongue dangerous?
Some scorpions aren't very harmful but some have stings that can become fatal. How venomous are you? How long do you leave the victim of your speech burning with pain?
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Psalm 140:3
This one is not really a flower, but a plant. We can learn from it too though because what we do with our ears has an effect on our speech.
Got big ears? Some of us just are waiting and listening for some gossip to come floating to our ears. Are you looking forward to hearing what you can about somebody or anybody? Do you go looking for what dirt you can dig up on people and perhaps repeat it?
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Proverbs 26:22
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
These as most of you know are not flowers, but really weeds. Weeds that spread. They do look pretty though and I suppose all of us have picked them when we were kids just as if they were real flowers.
Ever blow on a dandelion puff? You know, that white head that has the seeds all over it? I'm not sure if there is a scientific name for it other than "dandelion puff". They go everywhere in the wind, don't they?
Lying is kind of like a dandelion. When you start lying, it spreads like weeds. Lies will just keep popping out of your mouth unless you get it under control.
Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. Proverbs 12:22
A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. Proverbs 26:28
There are so many things about our speech that we need to tend to and care for or we may find ourselves with things growing there that we aren't proud of.
Our speech garden needs to be nurtured and tended to properly so that it doesn't get out of control. Perhaps fertilize some so that good speech grows, weed out the bad speech and negative comments, and clip the vines on those things that come flying out of our mouths that aren't edifying before they wind their way around and strangle those we come in contact with.
From now on, I think when someone says a person speaks with "flowery words", I'll have to think twice about that.
So, what's growing in your flower garden?
Copyright ©2012 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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