Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sour Words

We had a good crop of lemons on our little tree this year. I squeeze them and put the juice into ice trays and then store them in plastic bags in the freezer. A cube of lemon works great for recipes and for lemonade. I sometimes use a potato peeler and peel the lemons and make candied lemon peels. These are good in lemon cookies. Adding a little sugar makes the lemon delicious. Some like to show off by eating a lemon in front of you without sugar. Then there are those who eat raw chili peppers; both need toning down. How often I remember words said from emotion, that were not sweet. Some were like chili peppers, offensive to the hearer because my words were not sweetened and made acceptable by speaking words of faith. When we speak words of faith, it makes the lemons sweet and the peppers into chili. Everywhere we go we make an impression on those we meet. What about those closest to us? Are we nicer to strangers than to our own family?  We may put sugar on our words outside but in the home, we relax, we express our feelings, sometimes without sugar on our lemon tongues. There is a song; "You only hurt the one you love". A Christian is to be an example of God's love. Turn the lemon tongue into "sugar lips, from a true heart of love from Jesus Christ." 

Jas 3:10  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 
Jas 3:11  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 
Jas 3:12  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 
Jas 3:13  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 

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