Ten Easy Ways To Tame The Tongue
The mouth and tongue are difficult to tame and will become wild and reckless if not controlled. They will cause your flesh to sin and lead you to destruction.
The uncontrolled mouth and tongue speak wickedness and deceit. They delight in lies and can be hypocritical, speaking words of blessings while cursing inwardly.
It is not what goes into your mouth that defiles you it is what comes out of it. If you have an evil heart you will speak evil because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
The tongue is like an unruly fire full of evil and deadly poison.
But, this unruly fire can be tamed when you seek wisdom from the Lord.
This wisdom is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy (James 3).
Controlling the mouth and tongue
“Talk no more so very proudly; let no arrogance come from your mouth, for the Lord is the God of knowledge; and by Him, actions are weighed. (1 Samuel 2:3)
Study and speak the Word of God, meditate on it and practice it.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)
Sing and sing again.
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalms 89:1)
Praise the Lord continually.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalms 34:1)
Fill your mouth with laughter.
When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad. (Psalms 126:1-3)
Ask the Lord to guard and watch your mouth.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)
Guard and restrain your tongue in the presence of the wicked.
I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me.” (Psalms 39:1)
Always speak about the goodness of God
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits. (Psalm 71:15)
Always speak the truth.
For my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. (Proverbs 8:7)
All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. (Proverbs 8:8)
Think before you speak and speak only words that will edify the hearer. If you cannot find anything good to say keep your mouth shut.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)
References: Numbers 23:16; Deuteronomy 8:3; 18:18; 30:14; 31:19; Psalms 36:3 Psalms 62:4; Psalms 71:8; Psalms 109:30; Psalms 149:6; Proverbs 12:14; 13:2-3; 15:23; 16:23;18:7; 21:23; Ecclesiastes 5:6; Isaiah 59:21; Matthew 12:34; 13:35; 15:8-18; 21:16; Colossians 3:8.
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