THE TONGUE HAS THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH
Here will be some of God’s advice about the words we speak.
God says that: “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21.
Consider carefully what you hear," He continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you - and even more. Mark 4:24.
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:2.
So, we pray to God: “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3.
For it is a truly hard thing for human beings always watch over the tongue, - the words we speak. But if we want to live in peace and see good days, then we must listen and do what God tells us.
For "whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 1 Peter 3:10; Psalm 34:13.
He who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin. Proverbs 13:3.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26.
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words, you will be condemned." Matthew 12:37.
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise” Proverbs 10:19.
“With their mouths, the godless destroy their neighbours/ friends, but through knowledge the righteous escape.” Proverbs 11:9.
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18.
‘Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3.
“Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4.
“Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” Proverbs 15:23.
“A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin” Proverb 26:28.
“… out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” Matthew 12:34-36; Luke 6:45.
So, dear child of God, examine your heart for your own benefit. Watch closely what you say. God says that our hearts are full of evil and poison, but He also promises to give us fleshly, good, hearing, pure and clean hearts, when we ask.
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” Proverbs 21:23.
“Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their friend/ neighbour and says, “I was only joking!” Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip, a quarrel dies down.” Proverbs 26:18-20.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:29-32).
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:4.
“…encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13).
Encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15).
“Sacrifice a thank offering to God, and fulfil your vows to the Most High.” (Psalm 50:14).
Instead of joining those who mock and slander,-
“Pray in your spirit and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your promises and all the advices given to us. Thank you for giving Your sweet Holy Spirit, which now is living in us helping us and leading us when we speak. You have said that what you shut, nobody will open it; and what you open, nobody will shut.
Isaiah 22:22; Revelation 3:7-8.
So, open our mouth only when it is really needed and watch over our lips may we speak only good and uplifting words. May Holy Spirit always show us when, how and to whom we should help. May He help to see and hear that what we do not hear and see. Enlighten the eyes of our hearts and lead us so that we always are blessing to others so that Your name be glorified. Thank you, dear Father! In Jesus precious name we pray and so be it. Amen.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth (with your mouth) will be forbidden in heaven,
and whatever you permit on earth (with your own mouth) will be permitted in heaven."