Taming the Tongue!
Main Scriptures: Ephesians 4:29 & Psalm 141:3
Our tongues are a powerful thing. Sometimes they tend to do more harm than good. The bible has several scriptures about the wickedness of our tongues but the one that really stood out to me came from Ephesians.
Ephesians 4:29 says, “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.”
The first part of this scripture tells us not to “let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths.” I want us to take a minute and think about what types of unwholesome talk has come out of our mouths this week. How do you think it made others feel? More importantly, how do you think it made God feel?
The second and harder part of this scripture tells us to use our tongues “but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Now take a minute and think about how many times this week you helped build someone up. Now, how happy do you think those actions made God feel?
Our tongues are meant to build each other up, not to tear down and destroy one another. In the days ahead keep in mind Psalm 141:3, “set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” If we live by this and remember to think before we speak, then we will be more prone to say the right things that make others feel good rather than the wrong things which harm them. Words can hurt if used in a negative way but can help and encourage if used positively.
My challenge to you is to tame your tongue and think before you speak. Use your tongue as a weapon of kindness not a weapon of wickedness. I hope y’all have a great weekend!
Love and Blessings,
Ms. Bailee Paige
Transformed Student Ministry