Practical Application of Worldview: Our tongues

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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4 Responses to Practical Application of Worldview: Our tongues

  1. James 1:26 “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.”

    James 3:8-10 “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”
    Proverbs 18:21a “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”
    Proverbs 21:6 “Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.”
    James 3:5 “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!”
    Jeremiah 9:5 “Everyone will deceive his neighbor, and will not speak the truth; they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity.”
    Proverbs 26:27-28 “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him. A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”
    Proverbs 28:23 “He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue.”
    Proverbs 21:23 “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”
    Proverbs 15:4a “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life”
    1Peter 3:10 “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.”
    Proverbs 15:2a “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly”
    Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
    Titus 2:6-8 “Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”
    Psalm 34:13-14 “Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
    James 3:8-10 “But no man can tame the tongue”
    There is only one who can tame the tongue. We cannot bridle our tongues ourselves, we must seek the Lord God’s help.

  2. Laus Deo I-am-paid-for says:

    God has been teaching me lately about my tongue, and speech. Here is a verse I really enjoy that is much more geared towards prayer, but I think it still has some pertinent points to learn.

    Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be quick with your mouth,do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. (NIV)

    Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. (KJV)

    Is not everything we speak, even think, subject before God. For He judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. We should be aware that all our words are spoken before God, whether or not we are directly speaking to Him. Doesn’t that mean we need to take great care in what we say? We must submit our tongues and voices to God, not our own whims.

  3. Rachael says:

    Wow! Yes! Good reminder…

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