Each day I pray to the Lord the words of Psalm 141:3, “Lord, place a watch over my mouth and guard the door of my lips.” I realize how easy it is for me to allow things to slip out of my mouth that are not becoming to the cause of Christ or helpful to others. I need the Lord’s strength daily to keep my speech in check and my tongue tamed.
Recently, Tony Raffa gave his ABF (Adult Bible Fellowship) class a lesson on controlling the tongue. That lesson was rooted in James 1:19 that encourages us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” Here is what Tony told his class that the Scripture says about the matter of communication and the use of the tongue: (You may want to read this with Bible in hand.)
Jesus reminds us that what is communicated finds its source in one’s heart. Matthew 12:34
Paul tells us HOW we should speak. Colossians 4:4-6
Proverbs 15:1,2 tells us WHO should speak.
Proverbs 15:4 tells us WHAT to speak.
Proverbs 17:27,28 tells us WHEN to speak.
Ephesians 4:31,32 tells us WHY we need to speak.
Peter, in I Peter 3:15, tells us WHERE we are to speak and to be ready always.
It would certainly be good for all of us to recommit ourselves to using the powerful ability to speak in a way that always honors God and builds up people.