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  • Sept. 11, 2012
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I remember when I was much younger in the faith, I got into an argument ...

Hi, this is Joni Eareckson Tada and I remember when I was much younger in the faith, I got into an argument with an older Christian friend named Don. I can't even remember what the argument was about, but I know I raked him over the coals. He called me on it, and said, "Joni, that's no way for a follower of Jesus to talk." And I shot back at him, "what, do you expect me to weigh every word?" And he said, "yes, yes I do." What's more, the Holy Spirit expects you to weigh every word before you say. Now, looking back so many years later, my friend Don was right. 100% right, he was. It's why the book of James devotes almost an entire chapter to the tongue and how we use it. What's more, Romans chapter 14 says that each of us will one day give an account for himself before the Lord. So are you responsible for every little thing you say? My friend Don would say yes. And so would Scripture.

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