SUNDAY SCRIPTURE~ September 30, 2012

When I was a little girl I loved fairy tales! Princesses… and castles… and magic… and handsome princes!
I was particularly fond of a little known fairy tale called ROSE RED AND ROSE WHITE… a story about two princesses, one good and one naughty.
The illustrations in the book were stunning and beautifully detailed. I was fascinated by those images.
One picture really captured my imagination and got my attention…

It was a picture of one of the princesses spewing frogs and lizards and flies and snakes up and out of her mouth… while rose petals gracefully fell from the lips of the other princess.
The story goes that the princess who had the “pestilence problem” also had trouble controlling her tongue and said mean and horrid things… while the princess who’s lips were rose tinged would only say kind and uplifting thing.
This made a very big impression on me as a seven year old!
ROSE RED AND ROSE WHITE could almost be a parable that Jesus would have told… there is great biblical and practical truth  in it.  But instead Jesus said…
At the time these eternal words were spoken by Jesus, the heart (cardia in Greek) was thought to be the center or seat of physical and spiritual activity. It was the mind, intellect, emotions and will of a person.
Jesus was saying that when we speak in unkind ways, use bad language, speak out negative thoughts, or hurt other with our words…
we do not have a mouth problem… we have a heart problem.
Our mouth reflects and affects our heart (mind). Words have great power to hurt and heal… even us!
Jesus says in HIS word… work on your heart… guard your lips… speak out words in love and filled with lovel!
So here is my gentle advice… and maybe God’s advice… to the princess with the “pestilence problem”… fill your heart with God’s word… pray Ps. 141:3 daily,  SET A GUARD OVER MY MOUTH O LORD, KEEP WATCH OVER THE DOOR OF MY LIPS”…. and act like the princess we all know you can be!!!
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  1. says

    Thanks for this Sunday..and everyday message. God’s reminder that our words should be used for good, rather than hurt is so true, and sometimes easy to forget. Great post! Hugs and have a great Sunday

  2. Anonymous says

    I had always subscribed to: “Is it kind? Is it necessary?” Now I will remember Matthew 12:34. Thank you for this post, Yvonne!

  3. says

    I have always loved your Sunday Scriptures and the photography! I love that you have expanded SS to share wonderful stories! I wonder if I can find that book! What a great illustration. My children learn best with visuals, so one day I filled a pitcher with muddy water and one with clean, fresh water. I asked which would they like for me to pour a glass of water from for them to drink. Of course, the clear water! Just like those pitchers of water, God wants what pours out of our mouth to be clean and honoring to Him! Love this, thank you! Off to Amazon… Christie

  4. says

    Hi Yvonne!

    How very true! You can never fully take back what you say. Mother always said, “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all”.

    I will pin your beautiful image :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  5. says

    Wonderful reminder; I’d never heard the Rose Red/Rose White before and what imagery you described!! I went to a retreat within months after becoming a Christian and the theme was based from Pro 25:11 “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.” The first part of that verse has never left me, and comes to mind when my mouth says things it shouldn’t because my heart isn’t right. Thank you for your encouragement.

  6. says

    Good afternoon Yvonne,

    I am a great fan of your blog and enjoy each and every post but my favorite are the Scripture posts. I think we can all use a message from God.

    Thank you for sharing your life, your talents and your faith.

    I am so glad that you came back!


  7. says

    I remember that story! And that scripture is one I am currently committing to memory! I love what you said about the mouth problem really being a heart problem. Thanks for the great reminder.

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