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I believe that this is an issue most of us have. The tongue can be used to be a great blessing to someone or it can cause damage that can hurt someone for years.
We don’t always intend to hurt someone.
Many times because of the wound in our heart from a past or recent situation, we tend to react in a negative way that ends up wounding others.
How do we deal with situations that will cause us to respond in a “less than blessed” manner?
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Speaking life to others and to your situation opens up doors of blessings to your life. It will draw people to you and open their to hearts receive the blessing of your words. It can bring deliverance and encouragement in their lives so that God can be glorified.
Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 21:23 – Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
Psalm 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Proverbs 25:11 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Proverbs 17:27 – He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
Proverbs 12:18 – There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
Romans 12:14 – Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Psalm 141:3 – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Speaking life will draw people to you and open their to hearts receive the blessing of your words. It can bring deliverance and encouragement in their lives so that God can be glorified.
Speaking death to yourself and other people can cause dire spiritual consequences:
Matthew 12:36 – But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
James 1:26 – If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
Proverbs 29:20 – Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Proverbs 11:12 – He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.
Proverbs 18:13 – He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
James 3:6 – And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
James 3:8 – But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
I believe we have at times said things that we wish we could take back and other times, we thank God we kept our mouth shut. Keeping quiet really does protect you.
I have the tendency to say things in my mind when I am upset with someone because I feel it is a “safe way” to say what I have to say without them hearing. That can be detrimental to your spirit because His word says in Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight“. It’s not acceptable in God’s sight. Speaking anger in your mind defiles you just as much as saying it out loud. If you’re not careful,whatever is in your mind will come out your mouth.
I have learned that when the “fire of argument and strife” turns up, I move away from the situation to think clearly. I am able to re-evaluate the situation and respond respectfully.
When someone hurts you with their words, ask the Lord how to handle the situation. The Lord may have you go to them and speak to them about it. Forgive and release the person to God. If the person does not receive what you have to say, pray for him/her and release the him/her to God. Ask God to heal your heart towards that person. And move on in peace.
Father God, help me to tame my tongue and mind. Let it all bow down to “the obedience of Christ”. Let what I say in my mind “be acceptable in Your sight”. I can’t accomplish this on my own. I need you to help me by Your Holy Spirit. Forgive me God for using my tongue to hurt or cause pain. If I am harboring unforgiveness against someone, bring it to light that I may be healed. Guard my heart and the words of my mouth that it will be used for blessing and not for cursing.blessdeliveranceempowerencouragepower of the tongueproverbsspeakblessingsspeaklifetonguewisdom