“Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.” Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 ->me: This passage I read this morning (19-22) starts off in 19 talking about the fact that wisdom in the Lord is better than the experience of a group of experienced leaders. Power from within is needed more than advice from without. Then 20 makes a declarative statement we all know – that no one is without sin. Now onto our 2 current verses -> I love these instructions from the Preacher. No one is immune from the destructive power of words. James spends a ton of time on this topic. The Preacher is telling us that we should not let the inaccurate words of others play too heavily on our minds and self-worth. We know this because we ourselves have used the tongue of fire to lash out at others and that even though the words were coming from our mouth, it was meant to inflict pain but did not represent truth. I should remember that speech is literally on the tip of mine and others tongues. Not too much thought goes through our noggins before we let them loose. Lord help me to keep a better leash on my own tongue and have a thick skin for the inaccurate things thrown my way.