Archive for August, 2005

Controlling our mouth and tongues

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

The tongue is a powerful thing. I have collected several bible verses which describe the tongue and how to properly control it. I originally wrote the Proverbs verses down because I have a problem with speaking before I hear a matter, getting frustrated, not thinking before I speak and getting defensive easily. Just today though, I thought about how all Christians need to heed these bible verses as it pertains to Internet discussions. In most instances, when we post something on the Internet, it cannot be taken back. It is available for the world to see. With this in mind, let us make sure that we do not answer in anger and emotion but by using God-given wisdom and knowledge. Don’t immediately react to a inflammatory post but take time to construct a response with calm and soft answers. Also remember, some will not hear the truth no matter how many bible verses you quote.

(Proverbs 13:3 KJV) He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

(Proverbs 14:29 KJV) He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

(Proverbs 15:1 KJV) A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
(Proverbs 15:2 KJV) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

(Proverbs 15:28 KJV) The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

(Proverbs 16:13 KJV) Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

(Proverbs 16:32 KJV) He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. (Thanks Dan!)

(Proverbs 21:23 KJV) Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

(Matthew 15:11-20 KJV)
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

(James 3:1-18 KJV)
1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 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.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.