- Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. James 3:5-6
- 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. Ephesians 4:29
- If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26
- Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Psalm 141:3
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:21
- From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. – James 3:10
- The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.” Psalm 37:30
- Colossians 4:6 -Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Let The Lord Set Your Tongue on Fire!
- Watch: Be willing to give life, watch your speech and the words that come out of your mouth
- Always speak: speak well of people. Bless people with your words, not curse.
- Refrain: refrain from using your tongue to speak guile. The only time strong words should come out of your mouth is against the enemy and against any work of the devil that the lord commands you to speak or pray AGAINST evil.
Words Cause Death
People die because of something said. Your tongue can be weapons of mass destruction, wars, etc. Tongues can also be the death of marriages, families, friendships, churches, careers, hopes, understanding, reputations, missionary efforts, and governments.
“So what will come out of your mouth today, death or life? “Sword thrusts” or “healing” (Proverbs 12:18)? Ask the Lord to “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” (Psalm 141:3).”
Make A Decision
“Today, make your mouth “a fountain of life” (Proverbs 10:11). Be “slow to speak” in general (James 1:19). Encourage more than you critique. Seek opportunities to speak kind, tenderhearted words (Ephesians 4:32). Say something affectionate to a loved one at an unexpected time. Seek to only speak words that are “good for building up,” that “give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).”