We are bombarded by words every day. They can create images and pictures in our minds either good or bad. Words can edify and lift up or condemn and tear people down. Once words are spoken they cannot be taken back. We have all said things in haste or anger which we later regretted. Sometimes as soon as they roll off our tongues we think, ” Why did I say that?”
The wrong words spoken can start an argument or fight. We really say the wrong things when we try to win a heated debate. We need to learn to be swift to hear and slow to speak. Our fleshly nature causes us to lash out with words trying to defend and justify ourselves. No one ever wins an argument. In the end, feelings are hurt and people are wounded. The wrong words can end close relationships, destroy marriages, and tear families apart.
What can we do to get control of our tongues? Sorry, there is no easy one, two, three-step formula to gain control of your tongue. No matter what your age, your fleshly nature has control of your brain. Whatever you think in your mind will roll off your tongue.
~Luke 6:45 says,” A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
Gaining control over our tongue is a matter of our hearts. When Jesus used the word treasure it translates to deposit or wealth. What we have deposited within our hearts is what we have to draw from. One of my favorite scriptures is: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” ~Psalm 119:11 As we grow and mature by treasuring God’s word in our hearts. We have a good deposit to draw from. His Word is spirit and life. His Word is pure and refined. His Word is love and kindness.
Gaining control over our tongue is an ongoing process. Our hearts, therefore our words, are santified daily as we read and meditate on His word. We are the Bride of Christ, and as His Bride we are to make ourselves ready.
~Proverbs 31:6 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Let us strive to be that beautiful Bride of Christ.”
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