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Topic: Foreign Language (12/09/10)
TITLE: the Songs The Letters Sing
By Shanta Richard
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When we were little children our mother was very particular about the language we spoke. She believed that language was the gift of God and should be used to glorify His name and should never be used to hurt anybody.
At school we learned a lot of new words. We knew some of them were bad from the facial expressions and tone of the kids who said them. We asked Mother about them and then she told us the story of ‘the songs the letters sang.’
“The English language,” she said, “is made up of twenty- six letters. You could group them to form words and make songs to express your feelings – like joy, happiness and love. This would be the language the angels spoke in heaven. You could also put them together to form words of hate, anger and threats. This would be language the devils spoke.
“We were the children of God, Who is the King of heaven, and we should speak our Father’s language. The devil is the king of hell which should be a foreign territory and his language a foreign language to us.
“The devils language is like germs that cause disease and sickness to the body. Whenever you come in contact with dirt and germs you have to wash your hands with soap and water. Bad words cause sickness to your soul. Therefore you have to wash your mouth with soap every time you said them. ”
We naturally forgot this golden rule and received the punishment. Mother thought the most effective method of destroying germs was the use of carbolic soap. Anyone who had experienced the unique privilege washing their mouths with carbolic soap could ever forget the horror of it – the horrible smell, the horrible taste and the horrible pain.
It is amazing that the same twenty-six letters could be used to form words to bring peace and joy and also used to form words to coin slogans to incite mobs to violence. They are the same letters but the tunes they sing are so contrary.
James, one of the early Fathers of the Christian church, wrote about the ‘untamable tongue’ in his epistle to the twelve tribes. This epistle is said to be one of the most practical ‘how-to’ books of the Christian life. Commenting on this subject the Nelson’s Study Bible states, “….the sinful nature that inspires evil words is beyond our control. Only the work of the Holy spirit within us can bring this destructive force under control.”
May the Holy Spirit act as carbolic soap and prevent us from learning and speaking the foreign language of the devil. Words stimulate thoughts and thoughts mature into actions and actions pave the way to the foreign country of the devil.
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