The tongue is a powerful part of us. It helps us share with others what is in our hearts, and express our feelings. However, the same tongue if misused can spell disaster to our lives and others. The bible has paid particular attention to this small but powerful tool for it is one of the weakest points of any man, and the evil one takes advantage of it. Scriptures that advice on use of the tongue are:
• Proverbs 21:23 says, “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble”
Being out of trouble is everyone’s desire, but it entirely depends on how we use our tongue.
• Proverbs 12:18 says, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”.
Use of our tongues determines our relationships with others. Even when angry, wise choice of words calms a storm.
• Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits”.
This scripture elaborates to us that the tongue is powerful. We have a choice to use it as we please, but we cannot choose the consequences that come with its misuse. Wise use brings good results.
• Matthew 12:36-37 says, “I tell you, on the Day of Judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned”.
This scripture cautions us about the words that come out of our mouths, for we will account for each one of them on the Day of Judgment.
• Psalm 39:1 says, “I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
David’s prayer was to guard his tongue. He recognized the power of the tongue and if you let go of your guard, you’ll end up sinning.
• Proverbs 15:4 says, “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit”.
Gentleness irrespective of the situations surrounding us is a lot healthier, and brings peace of mind, while perverseness ruins the moments and brings violence.
• 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
We confess by word our mouths, for out of our hearts we speak. If we confess, he will surely forgive us and remove from us all inequities.
• 1 Peter 3:10 says, “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”
With good use of our tongues, we enjoy the goodness of life.