Dog With 5 Legs?
Abraham Lincoln had a favorite riddle he used to put to his colleagues. It went like this: “If a man were to call the tail of a dog a leg, how many legs would the dog have?”
“Five,” was the usual reply.
“Wrong,” Lincoln would say with a homely smile. “The dog still has four legs. Calling the tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”
—C. R. Anthony
What is mightier than a double edged sword? The pen you may say? It could be, but what trumps both the sword and pen at the same time?
Answer: The Tongue!
Proverbs 18:21 (KJV 1900)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
We tend to run around waving and swinging our tongue not realizing what we are doing. It is true the tongue can be used for good, which is what it was designed for to begin with. We should use our tongues to speak well of others, to edify them, to correct (in a loving way), more importantly to speak God’s Truth’s.
Our tongue can be used to save lives, rather it is a testimony in court, or just speaking what God has laid on your heart and that individual comes to know Christ. Your tongue has saved a life. Rarely do we ever hear of one’s life being changed or saved by another’s tongue, and that is due to the lack of knowing how and when to use the tongue. They tend to flail it around not caring who they slay in the process. Gossip is the number one battle tactic that people use. They will speak on something without all the facts and even add to it as they see fit. Believe it or not they can even do so without even recognizing they are doing it, this tactic is used by the pro’s. We need to retrain ourselves to 1 – stop long enough o ask ourselves “do we know all the facts” and “does this person really need to know”. 2 – “Am I knowledgeable enough to be speaking on the subject?” (Otherwise known as “do I know enough to talk about this”) Sadly, way too often we do not stop long enough to ask these questions.
This proverb is brought to life by illustrating how easy and fast a tongue can either kill or edify. We are warned at the end of this proverb that the ones that love to cause death by the tongue, rather they realize it or not, will have to answer for the trouble they cause, but also those that encourage it and love to listen to it will “eat the fruit thereof.” If one grows and furnishes all the items need to grow bad fruit, they certainly will eat and wallow in the bad fruit. If one grows and furnishes all the items to grow good fruit, they will eat and wallow in the good fruit. See, your mouth, every time it opens, has the opportunity to sow good seeds or rotten filthy seeds. Whatever you sow, will be what you eat!
In the end we are responsible for our tongue. If we use it for good or evil or if we encourage others to use it for good or evil we are responsible. We can affect a life in a lifetime of knowing each other, or just in a simple passing by and it is either in that lifetime or that split second, that we can help someone to live or help someone to die.
It is up to you!
Proverbs 12:18 (KJV 1900)
18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: But the tongue of the wise is health.