“Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully. With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbors, but in their hearts they set traps for them.” Jeremiah 9:8.
All Scripture is “God breathed” and is useful to the child of God.
I am a child of God. Let me make the above verse “useful” to me.
Describing my tongue as an “arrow” is not a compliment. To help me get that point, the word “deadly” is added.
My tongue can do awful things.
Jesus is talking to Jeremiah about His people, the Israelites. But it also easily refers to me.
This verse gets even worse. It explains what a hypocrite I am, and that God has heard my hypocrisy. How? I talk “nice” to other people but my love for them is lukewarm at best.
So on one hand I’m hurting (with words) those closest to me, and on the other hand I’m deceiving the rest of the world with my words.
Talk about getting whacked up side the head!
Again, and yet again I write this: I must deliberately let God run every part of me. Less than that, the wheels come off. And how often that has happened.
I must love God so much (and for good reasons) that I verbally reveal that special relationship at home and on the road. I must ditch the arrow! God’s Word is sharp, my tongue must not be.
Conclusion: My words near and far reveal my relationship to God.