Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Underhill: a harmless exercise

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from speaking deceit.
    —Psalm 34:13 (ESV)
    As to deliberate mortifications—I take it you do feel satisfied that you accept fully those God sends. That being so, you might perhaps do one or two little things, as acts of love, and also as discipline? I suggest by preference the mortification of the tongue—as being very tiresome and quite harmless to the health. Careful guard on all amusing criticisms of others, on all complaints however casual and trivial; deliberately refraining sometimes from saying the entertaining thing.
    ... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The Letters of Evelyn Underhill, Charles Williams, ed., London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1991, p. 259 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 34:13; 39:1; Pr. 18:21; Matt. 12:35-37; Jas. 1:19,26; 3:5-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, bridle my errant tongue, for the sake of the Gospel.
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