That Small Dangerous Weapon | The Tongue
We think it would be safe to say that the majority of us have this thing called a tongue, right? Right. We think we could go on to say that at times we say kind and mean things, right? Double right.
So what's the issue?
When you get saved there are certain things that are supposed to change. In 1 Corinthians it talks about being a 'new creature' in Christ. So what's that supposed to look like? There are many areas we could focus on but one small specific yet deadly thing we're going to zoom in.
Whoa!! *Gasp* Are you surprised? Probably not since it was in the title XD. But in all seriousness our mouths can either be a blessing or curse. Proverbs 21:23 says, "Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles." How you talk is going to reflect if you really have Christ in your life, or if that's just all talk to you.
The Bible, specifically the book of Proverbs, has a lot to say on how we conduct ourselves and use our mouths. Like anything it can be used for good or bad. So how are you using your tongue?
Proverbs 21:23 ~ Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
If we keep our mouths in check, this will keep us out of trouble. Out of all the ways we get ourselves in messes, it is through our mouth and what we say to people that probably gets us in the most trouble. You may not realize but words really do hurt. The phrase “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is such a lie. People can hide what they truly feel for only so long and we need to take in consideration about what we say and how we say it. This may seem like a far stretch but do you ever think that maybe a suicidal person is living day to day on what other people say and do to them? You may joke around and say to a person "You're fat" or "You're ugly" or "You're such an idiot" and people can laugh it off but deep down that stings and words aren't easily forgotten.
Someone made the quote "Words are free. It's how you use them that may cost you." This is a very true statement indeed. Using the example of shredded paper is a great one. Let's say you're standing on the top of a building with a bag of small pieces of paper. Once you throw it out it will be almost impossible to pick up every single piece. You can come close, but you won't get them all. In the same way we can apologize and do whatever we can to make up the situation, but it doesn't excuse the fact we still said it.
Ephesians 4:29 ~ Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Instead of using your mouth to degrade others, use it to lift others up. By one simple word or greeting, it can transform someone’s day very quickly, just like a negative comment. It's like a sunny day without warning of a coming thunderstorm Something said so fast yet so effective is what we need to watch out for, especially if you’re a Christian. Watch your mouth. Don’t cuss or gossip. It’s not healthy for you and it only shows you don't have any self control and possibly deal with an anger problem. Gossiping is a huge thing teens and even adults deal with. You get that satisfactory feeling of saying something about another person and you think maybe I'll feel better after saying this but afterwards you only get that sick guilty feeling in the pit of your stomach.
Christians, we are by what we do, say, and show. The world may not see you're saved or pick it up right away, but they should. Glorify God with actions that are promoting Him,
Psalms 141:3 ~ Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
On our own strength we can’t keep our mouths. Through God we can. As it says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” He is the one who can keep you from saying things. He can help us when we are tempted to lash back out at that person that insulted us. To keep your mouth, we need to ask for God’s help. We aren't saying it's always going to be easy or a piece of cake. Temptation is rough and nothing easy. It takes the strength of God in refraining to say things.
Additional Verses on the Tongue