What a strange title I have chosen for today’s reflective post. You may be sitting there thinking, how is the tongue related to the fingers.
Well, as you know the tongue is a powerful tool; it can bring forth life/blessings or it can bring forth death/cursing. This is determined on how one wields this important and powerful tool.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21, KJV).
As this verse in Proverbs speaks to us, it shows us what the tongue is capable of doing and how one that loves to wield the tongue must eat the fruit of which it produces. This could be good fruit which brings forth life or this could be bad fruit which brings forth death.
There are times we get carried away and do not realize or take time to think on how our words will be received by all who hear them. Too often we blurt out endless sentences, afterwards not even recalling what was included in those sentences. Today there are many people with a lot to say, but nothing to say. Too much wagging of the tongue can also lead to gossip, especially when one runs out of things to say but keeps on talking. Often people feel uncomfortable with awkward silences within a conversation, so they feel led to fill it with something…anything. Maybe silence is better at times rather than using many words. Of course, unless you are preaching…you would not be able to stand up there and give a message with complete silence on your behalf…or could you.
So, I am sure you have the idea of what the tongue can do and how we must keep it in control. Now, these days we do not always use the tongue to communicate. A lot of today’s communication is done by words; through email, texting by way of a mobile device, letters, social networks, chat rooms, instant messengers, and through various other devices and programs. These devices do not require a tongue, but the fingers on your hands take the place of your tongue.
There is no emotion in what your fingers create, there is a longer time to think about what is said as it is being written, it can be reviewed before the final submission, and at times it can be quicker than the tongue (producing many more words in a shorter period of time). It is much easier for your words to deal death, rather than life when using your fingers to do the talking. There are so many interpretations which can come out of one sentence full of words. The one constructing the sentence may have one meaning implied, but the receiver of the sentence can take what was created and interpret it in many different ways (Neither one can be in the other’s mind knowing this).
If we look at Jesus in the New Testament, He did not always use a lot of words (except when He was teaching, mostly in parables)sometimes He used none at all and let the other person do all the talking. Even though He said nothing at times, His message was heard loud and clear. If we are to be followers of Christ we must be modest in our conversations; how much we say, what we say, how we say it, where we say it, and the reason behind what we say (the last part we need to be really honest about to ourselves, what is the real reason behind me speaking these words and would Jesus do it for the same reason). Let’s be like Jesus Christ in our conversations and not how the world uses the power of their tongue and fingers.