The tongue is a very small part of our bodies, but a very mighty
instrument. The Bible compares it with the rudder of a ship. Although a
ship is very big and is driven by strong winds, the pilot can steer the
ship by only using the small rudder. In the same way the tongue (the things
that we say, the words that we speak, the way we talk) can have a huge
impact in our lives and in the lives of people around us.
THE BIBLE SAYS
sensible talk can save your life. (Prov 14:3)
A gentle tongue is a tree of life. (Prov 15:4)
THE TONGUE HAS POWER
Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit--you
choose. (Prov 18:21)
Their tongues are like deadly arrows. (Jer 9:8)
Their words burn like a flaming fire. (Prov 16:27)
A word out of your mouth may seem of no account,
but it can accomplish nearly anything--or destroy it! It only takes a
spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed
word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world,
turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up
in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.
KEEP WATCH AND CONTROL YOUR TONGUE!
Let us keep watch over the door of our lips, think twice before we speak,
because "The right word at the right time is like precious gold set
in silver". (Prov 25:11)
If you can control your tongue, you are mature and
able to control your whole body. (James 3:2, CEV)
Good people THINK before they answer. (Prov 15:28)
DO NOT USE YOUR TONGUE TO HURT PEOPLE
Sharp words cut like a sword, but words of wisdom heal. (Prov 12:18)
deceitful words can really hurt. (Prov 15:4)
USE YOUR WORDS TO COMFORT, HELP & BUILD PEOPLE
Kind words are like honey-- they cheer you up and make you feel strong.
Kind words are good medicine; kind words heal and
help. (Prov 15:4)
Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words,
the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say
will do good to those who hear you.
(Eph 4:29); say only what helps, each word a gift.
DO NOT USE YOUR TONGUE TO QUARREL
Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before the
argument gets out of control. (Prov 17:14)
Avoiding a quarrel is honourable. After all, any
stubborn fool can start a fight. (Prov 20:3)
USE YOUR WORDS TO MAKE PEACE AND FORGIVE
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in
Christ forgave you. (Eph 4:32)
So let's agree to use all our energy in getting
along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don't drag them
down by finding fault. (Rom 14:20)
DO NOT USE YOUR TONGUE TO GOSSIP
Gossip is no good! It causes hard feelings and comes between friends.
Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up
trouble and break up friendships. (Prov 16:28)
Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do
you really want junk like that in your belly? (Prov 18:8)
. SPEAK WORDS OF WISDOM
A person's words can be a source of wisdom, deep as the ocean, fresh as a
flowing stream. (Prov 18:4)
The words of good people are wise, and they are
DO NOT USE YOUR TONGUE TO SAY CRUEL OR DIRTY
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths. (Eph 4:29)
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty
come out of your mouth. (Eph 4:29); Stop all your dirty talk.
You must no longer say insulting or cruel things
about others. (Col 3:8)
DO NOT USE YOUR TONGUE TO LIE
Lying is contrary to both the law of truth and the law of love, it is both
unjust and unkind, and tends to destroy all faith and friendship among
people. Lying makes us like the devil
according to the Bible he is the
father of all lies (see Joh 8:44)
Stop lying and start telling each other the truth.
No more lies, no more pretence. Tell your neighbour
the truth. In Christ's body we're all connected to each other, after all.
When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself. (Eph 4:25)
Do you want to be happy? Then stop saying cruel
things and quit telling lies. (1Pet 3:10)
USE YOUR WORDS TO SPEAK THE TRUTH
Truth will last forever; lies are soon found out. (Prov 12:19)
Let your Yes be Yes, and your No be No. (James
Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we
will grow in every way and be more like Christ. (Eph 4:15)
DO NOT USE YOUR TONGUE TO CURSE
Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don't yell at one another
or curse each other or ever be rude. (Eph 4:31)
With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the
same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses
and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can't go on. (James
USE YOUR WORDS TO BLESS
Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That
goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued
sarcasm. Instead, bless--that's your job, to bless. (1Pet 3:8-9)
USE YOUR WORDS TO PRAISE AND THANK GOD
O Lord, let my lips be open, so that my mouth may make clear your praise.
My mouth will praise You with joyful lips. (Ps
My mouth will be full of your praise and glory all
the day. (Ps 71:8)
With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD.
USE YOUR WORDS TO CONFESS THE NAME OF JESUS
Because, if you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and have faith in
your heart that God has made Him come back from the dead, you will have
.. so that at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Phil 2:10, 11)
BE CAREFUL: YOUR WORDS SHOW WHAT IS IN YOUR
From the mouth of the evil-doer comes a stream of evil things. (Prov
The heart of the wise man is the teacher of his
mouth. (Prov 16:23)
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
MAKE YOUR WORDS GOOD - YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!
The LORD .. is pleased with friendly words. (Prov 15:26)
ARE YOU WILLING TO MAKE THIS DECISION?
My lips will never say anything evil, my tongue will never tell a lie.
O LORD, set a guard at my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips. (Ps