“Marylou I saw the pastor hanging outside the bodega this morning, must have been around 9 ,” whispered Susan into the phone. Maylou excited asked “What was Pastor doing?” Susan quickly responded “I don’t know, could have been anything, but I think he had a bottle in his hand?” Marylou’s imagination just started to run;”Oh my I got to let you go.” She hung up and called her husband over, “George come quickly!” A bit flustered from rushing over George gets out “Honey what Is it?” Marylou rather excited spoke quickly “George the pastor was outside the bodega drinking and hanging out with someone!” George’s eyes looked like they were going to pop out of his head. George sat on the board of officials and he was going to do something about it. He picked up his phone and called Sister Delores. “Sister Delores you better sit down for this one. My wife saw Pastor Smith drunk and outside the bodega, hanging out with some good for nothings from the neighborhood this morning! You know who I’m talking about. ” George did not hear a thing for what seemed like forever. Then Delores asked a question, “around what time was that George?” George turned to his wife and while covering the phone asked softly “She wants to know the time?” Marylou answered just as softly, “around 9 this morning.” George was quick to answer “around 9 this morning sister, so what are we going to do?” Dolores rather calmly responds, “well George considering that Tom and I were with the Pastor hanging out at the Bodega this morning, and I should add drinking coffee and waiting for a cab, I believe we will do nothing except have a long talk about gossiping at our next meeting!” George heard a click and that was all.
The tongue is truly a powerful tool that can be used to benefit, construct, buildup, heal, council, enlighten, teach and reveal the truth. Unfortunately like so many other things meant for good,it can also be a destructive weapon. (Ephesians 4:29) Paul explains how difficult it is to control and compares it to an untamed animal. (James 3:7-8)
We must all truly learn to bite our tongues or as our mother’s taught us “if you have nothing good to say it’s better to say nothing at all.