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.
Today I am reminded to watch what I say. Let me learn to edify and not criticize or tear down with my tongue. Let me learn to only speak things that lift up and build up others. Let me lift up my home church body and encourage them.
In the book of James the writer tells us no man can tame the tongue.
Let me learn to control it as much as possible by attending church and listening to the word, my bible study groups along with my personal study time.
Today let me concentrate on these verses.
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Although we can not tame the tongue let me constantly evaluate what I say and think before I speak.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
I have a choice before I speak. Let me choose to speak with love.
Philippians 2:14 – Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Dear father let me get along with my fellow man.
Proverbs 25:15 – By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
Sometimes a soft spoken phrase can be more powerful the heavy words spoken with anger.
Proverbs 17:27 – He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
Heavenly Father there are many many other verses in the book of Proverbs that speak of taming the tongue. Let me read them and meditate upon them. Today I will take these verses and meditate on them and pray that I shall learn to use my tongue wisely.
David W. Aucoin
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