It is pretty amazing on how much trouble can be caused by what we say. God has gifted us with a great mind and opportunities to learn. We are taught manners—we know how to use discretion when we speak—BUT, still the majority of pain we cause is done with our mouth. Lines we recite like, “I did not mean to hurt your feelings!” simply reinforce how powerful our tongue can be. Scripture reminds us that we are to take captive each thought. We are also to be aware that what we say to others is a reflection of what we have in our hearts. If we fill our hearts with his word and praise, that is what will come out of our mouths at the most unscripted discussions. If we fill our hearts with trash, bitterness and anger—it is practically guaranteed that is what will be the center of conversation when life is difficult. We cannot choose our circumstance, but we can choose our responses to the circumstance. What we think and say will speak volumes to where we are in our walk. Help my speech and thoughts to honor you, oh Lord.
God Bless You
Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.