The Tongue

Some of the things that God’s Word says about the tongue…

Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.(AMP, Psalm 34:13)

The mouth of the righteous proclaims wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice and truth.(AMP, Psalm 37:30)

I said, “I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will muzzle my mouth While the wicked are in my presence.”(AMP, Psalm 39:1)

“You give your mouth to evil And your tongue frames deceit.(AMP, Psalm 50:19)

Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.(AMP, Psalm 52:2)

I cried aloud to Him; He was highly praised with my tongue.(AMP, Psalm 66:17)

The tongue of the righteous is like precious silver (greatly valued); The heart of the wicked is worth little.(AMP, Proverbs 10:20)

The mouth of the righteous flows with [skillful and godly] wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.(AMP, Proverbs 10:31)

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.(AMP, Proverbs 12:18)

A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life, But a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit.(AMP, Proverbs 15:4)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.(AMP, Proverbs 18:21)

He who guards his mouth and his tongue Guards himself from troubles.(AMP, Proverbs 21:23)

“Their tongue is a murderous arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But in his heart he lays traps and waits in ambush for him.(AMP, Jeremiah 9:8)

 In the same sense, the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See [by comparison] how great a forest is set on fire by a small spark! And the tongue is [in a sense] a fire, the very world of injustice and unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our members as that which contaminates the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life [the cycle of man’s existence], and is itself set on fire by hell (Gehenna). For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and sea creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the human tongue; it is a restless evil [undisciplined, unstable], full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts].(AMP, James 3:5-10)

Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].(AMP, 1 John 3:18)


What God’s Word says about gossip…

A perverse man spreads strife, And one who gossips separates intimate friends.(AMP, Proverbs 16:28)

You shall not go around as a gossip among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor [with slander or false testimony]; I am the Lord.(AMP, Leviticus 19:16)

And when one comes to see me, he speaks empty words, While his heart gathers malicious gossip [against me]; When he goes away, he tells it [everywhere].(AMP, Psalm 41:6)

He who goes about as a gossip reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy and faithful keeps a matter hidden.(AMP, Proverbs 11:13)

A perverse man spreads strife, And one who gossips separates intimate friends.(AMP, Proverbs 16:28)

He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.(AMP, Proverbs 17:9)

The words of a whisperer (gossip) are like dainty morsels [to be greedily eaten]; They go down into the innermost chambers of the body [to be remembered and mused upon].(AMP, Proverbs 18:8)

He who goes about as a gossip reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with a gossip [who talks freely or flatters].(AMP, Proverbs 20:19)

For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer [who gossips], contention quiets down.(AMP, Proverbs 26:20)

The words of a whisperer (gossip) are like dainty morsels [to be greedily eaten]; They go down into the innermost chambers of the body [to be remembered and mused upon].(AMP, Proverbs 26:22)

Now at the same time, they also learn to be idle as they go from house to house; and not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies [meddlers in things that do not concern them], talking about things they should not mention.(AMP, 1 Timothy 5:13)


Proverbs: Parents and Children

Wisdom for both parents and children…

A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish [stubborn] son [who refuses to learn] is a grief to his mother. (AMP, Proverbs 10:1)

A wise son heeds and accepts [and is the result of] his father’s discipline and instruction,
But a scoffer does not listen to reprimand and does not learn from his errors.(AMP, Proverbs 13:1)

He who withholds the rod [of discipline] hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines and trains him diligently and appropriately [with wisdom and love].(AMP, Proverbs 13:24)

A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.(AMP, Proverbs 15:20)

He who becomes the parent of a fool [who is spiritually blind] does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool [who is spiritually blind] has no joy.(AMP, Proverbs 17:21)

A foolish son is a grief and anguish to his father
And bitterness to her who gave birth to him.(AMP, Proverbs 17:25)

A foolish (ungodly) son is destruction to his father,…(AMP, Proverbs 19:13a)

Discipline and teach your son while there is hope,
And do not [indulge your anger or resentment by imposing inappropriate punishment nor] desire his destruction.(AMP, Proverbs 19:18)

He who assaults his father and chases away his mother
Is a son who brings shame and disgrace.(AMP, Proverbs 19:26)

Whoever curses his father or his mother,
His lamp [of life] will be extinguished in time of darkness.(AMP, Proverbs 20:20)

Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents],
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.(AMP, Proverbs 22:6)

Do not withhold discipline from the child;
If you swat him with a reed-like rod [applied with godly wisdom], he will not die. You shall swat him with the reed-like rod
And rescue his life from Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead).(AMP, Proverbs 23:13-14)

Listen to your father, who sired you,
And do not despise your mother when she is old.(AMP, Proverbs 23:22)

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who sires a wise child will have joy in him.(AMP, Proverbs 23:24)

Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her who gave birth to you rejoice [in your wise and godly choices].(AMP, Proverbs 23:25)

The rod and reproof (godly instruction) give wisdom,
But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.(AMP, Proverbs 29:15)

Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
Yes, he will delight your soul.(AMP, Proverbs 29:17)


Easter: Eggs-Bunnies-Chicks

Easter Cross Backdrop 3 | Backdrops BeautifulChapter 11: Jesus appears.

And the angel answered and said to the women,

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. [KJV, Matthew 12:40]

From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. [KJV, Matthew 16:21]

And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. [KJV, Mark 8:31]

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: [KJV, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4]

The true meaning of Easter is about Jesus and how He died for our sins and rose from the dead, not as a spirit but truly alive. However, it does not state in the Bible a festival called “Easter” as being observed or celebrated.

The Easter that is celebrated today is full of bunnies, baby chicks, and eggs. These are all symbols of fertility. The symbols of fertility are associated with a pagan celebration to worship and honor Ishtar [Astarte, Inanna, Asherah, Asheroth, Ashtoreth, Ashtaroth, Isis]; the goddess of sex, love, fertility, and war.

Ishtar is defined as the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love and war, identified with the Phoenician Astarte, the Semitic Ashtoreth, and the Sumerian Inanna. Ishtar was known as the guardian of harlots, as well as the priestess of virgins which were not to marry. She was said to be a moody god; showing love or vengeance.

The Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, Eostre, who may have been connected to Ishtar, is speculated as inspiring the name of Easter.


Ishtar. (2014, April 23). New World Encyclopedia, . Retrieved 13:12, March 12, 2016 from

ishtar. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved March 12, 2016 from website

What I Have Learned…

Older men:
Be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, sound in love, and sound in patience.

Older women:
Be reverent, do not slander, do not be given to much wine, teach good things, instruct young women.

Young women:
Love your husband and children, be discreet, be chaste, be homemakers, be good, be obedient to your husband.

Young men:
Be sober-minded, show yourself to be a pattern of good works, showing integrity –  reverence – incorruptibility – sound speech.

Be obedient to your boss, be pleasing, do not answer back, do not pilfer, be honest.

Be subject to rulers and authorities, obey rulers and authorities, be ready for every good work, do not speak evil of anyone, be peaceable and gentle, showing humility to all men.

Maintain good works
Avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law.

What I Have Learned…

Pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with true believers.

Do not quarrel; be gentle to all

Turn away from those who are: lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.

We have a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind given to us by God.

What I Have Learned….

There may not be anyone who sees or knows of my sin, but God sees and knows all of my unconfessed sins (even the ones I myself am not aware of). My sin is not against man, but it is against God. I must take responsibility for my own sin, not blaming others, admit and acknowledge what I have done, be truly sorry for it from my heart, turn away from it, confess it to the Lord and receive His forgiveness, the sin is then gone and I am wiped clean of it.(Psalms 49-54)

Every creature of God is good; nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving.

Treat older men as fathers and younger men as brothers. Treat older women as mothers and younger women as sisters. Honor true widows (60 and above in age).

Do not receive an accusation against an elder, without it coming from two to three witnesses.

Elders keep yourselves pure. Use a little wine for the stomach and infirmities.

Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.

Be content with food and clothing. If rich,   do not trust in riches (trust in God), do good, be ready to give, be willing to share, storing up for the things of eternal life (not storing up for this temporal life on earth).

What I Have Learned…

Make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanks for all men.

Make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanks for all kings and those who are in authority.

Men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or doubting.

Women wear modest clothing [with proper behavior/manners-avoiding extremes or excessess], without braided hair, gold, pearls, or costly clothing.

Women submit while learning in silence.

Women do not teach or have authority over men;remain in silence.

Women continue in faith, love, holiness, and self-control.

Valentine’s Day…the day of Love…

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]….~AMP, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Mystery Bundle Giveaway

f457a639df14822faf6b3e20bdb5c953February will bring with it a Mystery Giveaway. The Giveaway will consist of a book [used] from the book Review list at Reflections choosing…and an 18ct. package of Stash Tea at Reflections choosing. The Giveaway is only open to United States residents/addresses; due to possible custom regulations in other countries regarding the shipping of tea.

In order to qualify for an entry into February’s Giveaway you must post a comment somewhere within the Reflections Web Site [either corresponding to a blog or a book review]. For a comment to qualify it must be in good taste, appropriate for all viewers to see, and relevant to what it is posted under. Please keep all comments focused and brief.

The qualifying comments will be from February 01, 2016 until February 29, 2016. The winner will be announced on March 01, 2016.



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