The Power of The Tongue
By A. Abeku Haywood-Dadzie
Key Verse: So you have no reason, whoever you are, for judging: for in judging another you are judging yourself, for you do the same things.....#Romans 2v1
Selective retention is the process where people more accurately remember messages that are closer to their interests,values and beliefs, than those that are in contrast with their values and beliefs, there by selecting what to keep in the memory. [Wikipedia]
This is what David suffered in his encounter with Prophet Nathan.
David because of his own infidelity has assassinated the husband of Bathsheba; Uriah the Hittite. The Lord’s anger was kindled against him, and the Lord sent Nathan the Prophet to go and talk to David. Nathan goes like “There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. “The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. “But the poor man had nothing except one little lamb which he bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, and was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; rather he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”[2 Samuel 12verse 1-5]
Then David’s anger burned greatly against the rich man in Prophet Nathan’s story, and he said to Prophet Nathan, “As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion, and then Nathan said to David YOU ARE THE ONE.”[2 Samuel 12verse 7]
David pronounced an unnecessary jugdement on himself, which came to pass in his life. Child of God perhaps if you will examine your self very well you will not be too quick to judge others.
Remember death and life are in the power of the tongue. Today let mercy triumph judgement and speak love.