Curbing Our Language

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.

Psalm 34:13

Humans would save us a lot of trouble if we had more careful when speaking. When you are talking wildly, you may say things that can cause great harm to the person you’re talking. If the other person responds the same way, the result could be catastrophic. Most conflicts between people are caused by such words out of control. As the manual par excellence of human beings, the Bible instructs us to moderate our language.

Consider what God’s Word says about what we speak. Proverbs 18:21 says: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Our mouth has both the potential to build or destroy. When we utter words of affirmation or express blessing on someone, we are building. But when our words are a curse they can destroy lives.

In Psalm 52:2 says: Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. A lying tongue is like a sharp knife as the psalmist said. We know that a knife is capable of killing someone. Similarly, some lying lips kill reputations and in some cases may end someone’s life. There are cases of people who have killed someone by a lie told by a third party.

Meanwhile, Psalm 64:3 says: Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words. Knowing that sweet is the opposite of bitter, a bitter word makes the opposite effect of a sweet word. Both a sword and an arrow are weapons capable of killing life. Then pronouncing bitter words against someone threatens his life.

Another way to do damage with the tongue is gossip. Proverbs 20:19 says: He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips. There are people for whom gossip is their favorite sport. This type of person is always on the lookout for any information about someone for the sole purpose of report it to their backs. Most of gossips are blatant lies or distorted truths.

The Lord Jesus redefined the commandment not to kill in Matthew 5:21-22: You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. In this regard, according to the Lord, insulting someone is equivalent to killing him.

In this brief meditation on the Word of God we have learned that unbridled tongue can wreak havoc. I enjoyed this meditation because, being honest, I am the first one needing to apply it. I cannot deny hypocritically I never used my tongue to offend anyone, yes I did and it has been very bad for me. I confess my own fault; I invite you to analyze yourself. God bless you.

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