The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Monday, July 6, 2015

James

This week we are teaching the book of James in the New Testament.  James talks about controlling our tongue.   One of my favorite verses in this section is James 3:10 "Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought no so to be."  How can we use our voice to pray and sing hymns and then say mean unkind things.  I am challenging my students this week to not use sarcasm.  Thomas Carlyle shared his discovery with us: "Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil." In an age when verbal karate has some sway, we must be willing to let the gentling influence of the gospel tame the tongue-however tempting the tongue's target. So many of our soul scars are made by words-not deeds. "Behold, I Say unto You, I Cannot Say the Smallest Part Which I Feel", p.72)

This is what sarcasm is witty language used to convey insults or scorn,  Sarcasm is stating the opposite of an intended meaning especially in order to sneeringly, slyly, jest or mock a person, situation or thing,   ... the use of praise to mock someone or something,  A form of sneering criticism in which disapproval is often expressed,  Saying the exact opposite of what one thinks in order to mock another person. Sarcasm expresses scorn, disapproval, or annoyance,  utterance designed to cut or give pain.  

One of our students told of a new suit that he had purchased  and when he wore it someone teased that it was to shiny.  He didn't wear the suit for months until his wife asked him why.  Someone's thoughtless comment had made this guy self conscience about his new suit.   So do you want to join us?  Let's see if we can go at least one week without being sarcastic. 

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