Thursday, July 23, 2015

Law: governing the tongue

Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Commemoration of Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373
    [Jesus:] “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
    —Luke 6:45 (NIV)
    If a man, whenever he was in company, where any one swore, talked lewdly, or spoke evil of his neighbour, should make it a rule to himself, either gently to reprove him, or if that was not proper, then to leave the company as decently as he could, he would find that this little rule, like a little leaven hid in a great quantity of meal, would spread and extend itself through the whole form of his life.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 66 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:45; Ps. 34:12-13; Matt. 13:33; Luke 13:12; Eph. 4:29; 5:4; Col. 3:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, restrain my tongue.
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