Ecclesiastes 11: 12 ” The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;”
Proverbs 16:24 ” Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”
Psalm 36: 1-3 ” To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord. An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.”
Psalm 94:12-22: ” Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, And teach out of Your law, That You may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance. But judgment will return to righteousness, And all the upright in heart will follow it. Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence. If I say, ‘ My foot slips,’ Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You? They gather together against the life of the righteous, And condemn innocent blood. But the Lord has been my defense, And my God the rock of my refuge”
Yes, the tongue is unruly… very much able to tear down a person’s integrity; however… when we ask our Heavenly Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to help us bridle the tongue… He does so by the power of the Holy Spirit. A lifelong lesson for many, one I am constantly reminded of and chastened for; as I am learning to talk less and listen more— Praise be to my Father and Lord Jesus!
I pray this video and the song will be a blessing to all. ♥ Streim
Seven Rules for Daily Living
BY JONATHAN GOFORTH
Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936) was a Canadian missionary to China. It is said of him that “when he found his own soul needed Jesus Christ, it became a passion with him to take Jesus Christ to every soul.”
The following rules for daily living were made by Dr. Goforth in 1894 and written on the fly-leaf of his Bible:
1. Seek to give much—expect nothing.
2. Put the very best construction on the actions of others.
3. Never let a day pass without at least a quarter of an hour spent in the study of the Bible.
4. Never omit daily morning and evening private prayer and devotion.
5. In all things seek to know God’s Will and when known obey at any cost.
6. Seek to cultivate a quiet prayerful spirit.
7. Seek each day to do or say something to further Christianity among the lost.
“That Dr. Goforth lived up to these rules there is not the least doubt. He surpassed them. His love for the Bible is well known. His Bible was always open and he took every opportunity to read it. Even after becoming blind, he had a Chinese read to him at least twelve chapters a day. His loyalty to the Bible as the Word of God and his defense of the fundamentals of the Faith have been outstanding in his career.
“He was a man of prayer and through prayer and Bible study has sought to know God’s Will. It was this love for Bible reading and communion with God that gave him the power to move audiences to a conviction of sin and repentance. At all times he kept “self” in the background and relied wholly on the power of the Holy Spirit to take of the things of Jesus and reveal them unto his hearers. ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit’—’But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you’—have ever been his battle-cry. Though Dr. Goforth’s preaching contained a stern denunciation of sin and would in no case tolerate compromise with sin, he has always been very tender in dealing with the lost sinners.”
Rev. Allan Reoch.
**reference citation Copied by Stephen Ross for WholesomeWords.org from Goforth of China by Mrs. Rosalind Goforth. Appendix p. 355-356. (edited by Stephanie Streim)