Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 14, A.D. 2005
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Whatever is said in darkness will be heard in the light. . ."
In the Epistle of James we are warned to bridle the tongue, the cause of
much evil. We are told to keep a watch over what we say because we speak
out of the fullness of our hearts. Idle words and hurtful words are
reflective of the state of our hearts.
Here Jesus tells us that what is spoken in darkness will be heard in the
light, proclaimed from the housetops. What is the practical meaning of
this? Well, if James tells us to bridle our tongues, he does not mean
merely when we are talking to others, but when we are talking to ourselves
as well. We are not to bear false witness even in the privacy of our own
heads. We are not to "speak" ill of anyone by words or by thoughts. We are
not allowed the luxury of silent lips and active mind. What we speak in the
darkness of our own minds will be heard aloud. How many times do we think
something that, if we were to hear it aloud, we would be absolutely
This is what Jesus cautions us against. How can we take such extreme
measure? How can we keep so close a watch over what we say? Really, it is
very easy when our focus is right. Why would we want to say anything at all
about other people (save good things) if our focus is on loving God? Why
would we worry about what is said in darkness if Christ is our Light? If we
follow Jesus' admonition, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness," then wešll find little cause to clamp down on stray
thoughts, because all of our thoughts will belong to Him.
May it be so for all of us.
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