Taming the Tongue as a Christian
Text: Matthew 12v36-37
Words are incredibly powerful, they can be used to build up, encourage, and motivate. More interestingly Words can also be used to tear down, hurt, and cause horrible scars.
“Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” According to Prov 18:21
There is a common saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This isn’t true. Words can hurt, demoralise, even lead to suicide. Words spoken create images in the mind and can keep a person’s mind in bondage of false mindsets. These are the strongholds referred to in
2 Cor. 10v5.
Many in this generation are living with the scars of the hurtful words of others.
Words matter a lot to God and He keeps a record of our words.
Jesus spoke plainly about our use of words. He tells us; “I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.” (Matt 12:36)
But why would God be so particular about the usage of our tongue? Because of the creative implications of spoken words.
God created the whole universe through the power of the Word. (Heb 11v3)
Be it life or death, good or bad, spoken words call forth things that be not into existence.
Transforming the tongue begins with a heart transformation. A pure heart will constantly produce words of Life, “…for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”(Luke 6v45)
Steps on how to tame the tongue
a. Purify your heart through study and meditating God’s Word (John 15v3; 17v17)
b. Guard your heart with diligence. Control your thoughts by controlling what you see and hear.
c. Speak life at all times. Speak the Word of God in all situations. (Col 4v6)
d. Prayer. Sincerely and daily ask God to set a guard/watch on your mouth (Ps 141v3)