The tongue! Such a small and impressive organ in our body, really! It lets us taste. It lets us eat and swallow. It lets us speak.
It is incredibly powerful! It can be used to the good and the bad, and ever so often we find ourselves doing both at the same time.
The Bible speaks of the tongue primarily in relation of speaking. It calls it an organ that cannot be tamed. An organ, that can set a great fire. Yet, we are encouraged and advised to make all efforts to use our words conscientiously and wisely. After all, we will once be judged for them.
So, let’s see what the Bible teaches us. Shall we?
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
1 Peter 3:10
For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
Isn’t the Bible very clear and rich in its instructions on the tongue? Now let’s encourage one another to develop the habit of not only positive, but also wise talk.
Remember it takes on average 66 days to change or establish a new habit. It’s a good strategy to use a journal to keep track of your thoughts and words, and to include a habit tracker.
You can check out my blog article for more profound information about the ‘Power of Words’.