“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.” (Proverbs 17:27)
The sin of loquacity (that is, talkativeness or chattering) is one of those “little foxes” that can “spoil the vines” of an otherwise godly lifestyle (Song of Solomon 2:15), and the Scriptures frequently caution us against it. For example, Solomon in his God-given wisdom warned as follows: “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). In fact, Solomon frequently returns to this theme. “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).
The apostles in the New Testament also stress how important it is for Christians to control their tongues. Too much talk can easily lead to gossiping or criticizing or even coarseness in speech. James reminds us to be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath,” for he says, “The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity…set on fire of hell” (James 1:19; 3:6).
“Study [that is, diligently strive] to be quiet,” Paul says (1 Thessalonians 4:11), and avoid “foolish talking” (Ephesians 5:4). When we do speak, our words should center on “that which is good to the use of edifying,” “always with grace, seasoned with salt” (Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 4:6). The Lord Jesus Christ Himself warned against this sin of talkativeness. “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37). Such standards may seem impossible to meet, but we should always strive to meet them, for Christ is our example, and “hereunto were ye called…that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Dr. Henry M. Morris, Days of Praise Devotional
Everyone is invited to a family skate on Saturday, February 11, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. You are welcome to invite extended family and friends. We have rented the ice at the Canlan Sports Arena at 159 Dynamic Dr, Scarborough, ON M1V 5L8. Helmets are recommended for everyone but are only mandatory for youth 16 years old and younger. You are also invited to the church for a pizza lunch after the skate. The cost is $10 per person. Please use the sign-up sheet in the church’s foyer and see Jonathan McAnally for payment.
The Shorter Catechism
Q37: What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?
A: The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness1, and do immediately pass into glory2; and their bodies, being still united to Christ3, do rest in their graves4, till the resurrection5.
1. And to the spirits of just men made perfect. (Hebrews 12:23).
2. Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ. (Philippians 1:23).
3. Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (1 Thessalonians 4:14).
4. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. (Isaiah 57:2).
5. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: (Job 19:26).