How often do we find ourselves saying things we regret? If you are anything like me, it’s a daily occurrence if not an hourly or even a minute by minute occurrence.
We know the power of words, because we’ll spend hours on a speech getting it just right so that our words will impact, and yet, that influence that we take so seriously when standing at a podium, we heedlessly neglect when we spout words in a group of friends with little if no regard to their impact until the damage is already been done.
I often replay conversations I’ve had in my mind and kick myself for saying certain things. How much better would it be if I took even half that time and used it before I spoke to consider my words, and how much less would there be to apologize for if I simply took a second to think before I spoke?
Because of my own failing in this area, I decided to do a word search study on the tongue on Blue Letter Bible.
One very potent thought that came from my study was this: Like a gun, which we should always consider loaded and very possibly deadly if used inappropriately, so also should we consider our tongue and words loaded and deadly if used carelessly. It is dangerous opening our mouths, so let us be sure our target is good and our ammo is correct. In other words, let our motive be upright and our words true. But let us not think we can do this on our own for we cannot, only with the Lord’s aid can we change what comes from our tongues.
Below, as a comment, are some of the verses I found. (NKJV version)
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