So often people feel as though things are spinning out of control, but for a Christian that is when we should feel peace and joy the world knows not of. That’s when we should be drawing nearer to God, and strongly proclaiming His Word into our situations. But look at how quickly and often we, even as Christians, react to circumstances that are unexpected and/or trying. We unknowingly, or foolishly, start wagging our tongues and speaking things that go against His Word.
Today I found myself criticizing how I thought someone was viewing others. I was doing the very same thing as this person! Rather than talk to God or seek His truth to speak in the Bible, I chose to make a judgment against this person. Even though in that moment I thought I was “right” for being upset for how others were viewed, I fell into the same trap. I quickly allowed my mouth to spew contempt. Where was the forgiveness on my part?
I’m so grateful that God is patient and willing to work with me to grow in Christ! Yes, God’s mercy is new each day (Lamentations 3:22-23) but we have a responsibility to grow in our walk with Christ. Below are just a few of the more than 80 scriptures that show us just how crucial it is in learning to change our speech patterns in order to transform our lives.
Psalms 34:13 – Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psalms 52:2 – Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Proverbs 10:19 – In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
Proverbs 12:18 – There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Proverbs 15:4 – A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
Proverbs 17:28 – Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
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.
James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.