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Taming the Tongue

Be wise with your words dear friends. Keep your tongue from evil speech. Be slow to anger. Slow to speak. Let your conversation always be filled with grace. Only speak what is helpful to build up one another. Weigh your words before you speak them. I could go on and on about the truth of the tongue and the power it has in our lives and relationships… One only need open the book of Proverbs to see the countless wisdom on the power of the tongue.

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” – James 1:19-20

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” – Ephesians 4:29

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:6 

“Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.” – Proverbs 10:19

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” – Proverbs 15:4

“The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.” – Proverbs 15:28

“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” – Matthew 15:11

“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” – Proverbs 21:23

“keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.” – Psalm 34:13

Go and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Go out and love and listen and serve. Go out speaking words of encouragement and compassion. Go out and be the hands and feet and voice of God with love and patience and understanding and peace and self-control. This world needs a lot more of that.

“Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” – Psalm 141:3

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