by Ken Trivette

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Oh Be Careful Little Tongue What You Say (10 of 11)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Ken D. Trivette
Exodus 20:16

1. In one of Sam Jones meetings, a lady came forward and said that she wanted to put her tongue on the altar. Jones knowing that she had a reputation for gossipping said to her, "The altar is about 12 feet long. Put as much as you can on it." There are some who need to put their tongue on the altar and in many cases it would require a large altar.

2. Someone has said, "Many things are opened by mistake, but none so frequently as one's mouth." Introducing Thomas Edison at a dinner, the toastmaster listed his many inventions, dwelling at length on the talking machine. The aged inventor then rose to his feet, smiled, and said gently, "I thank the gentleman for his kind remarks, but I must insist upon a correction. God invented the talking machine. I only invented the first one that can be shut off." I have met a few people in life that I wish had been equipped with a button where I could have turned them off. I am sure you have as well.

3. S.D. Gordon said, "Sometimes the spittle has a peculiar oiliness that results in a certain slipperness of a statement." An aged saint once said, "Many of us are like a pair of old shoes; all worn out except the tongue." A friend visited the home of John D. Rockefeller and was impressed with a large fish mounted on the wall. Beneath it were the words: "If you had kept your mouth shut you would not be here."

4. James said, "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth" (See James 3:5). "But the tongue no man can tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison" (See James 3:8). James tells us that the tongue can bless or blight, help or hurt, lift or lower. In the ninth commandment we are given specific instructions about the improper use of the tongue. God's command attempts to put a bridle on our tongues so that it bec ...

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