A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
The Bible has lots to say about the power of our words. Here are some examples:
What a foolish person says leads to arguing.
He is just asking for a beating.
The words of a foolish person drag him down.
He is trapped by what he says.
The words of anyone who talks about others are like tasty bites of food.
They go deep down inside you.
Those who talk a lot are likely to sin.
But those who control their tongues are wise.
The tongues of those who do right are like fine silver…
The words of those who do right benefit many people.
But those who are foolish die because they have no sense.
James 3: 5-10
The tongue is a small part of the body. But it brags a lot. Think about how a small spark can set a big forest on fire.
The tongue is also a fire. The tongue is the most evil part of the body. It pollutes the whole person…No one can control the tongue. It is an evil thing that never rests. It is full of deadly poison.
With our tongues we praise our Lord. With our tongues we call down curses on people… Praises and curses come out of the same mouth.
Why is the Bible so harsh about our words? Think about a time when someone’s words hurt you. How did you feel? God knows how cruel our words can be. The Bible wants to warn us about the power our words have to hurt people. Our words can be used for good or for being mean. Watch over your tongue today!