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Weve all at some time ran across people with the very critical tonguethose people who just dont seem to have mastered the whole If you dont have something nice to say dont say it at all mentality And often it doesnt even seem like they are bothered by the effect that their words have on those who hear them Often the hostility that is in our hearts is revealed through our words and actions The word tongue is mentioned ninety-three times in the Bible and in most cases it is the destructive power that it contains that is referred to Here are a few examples The lash of the tongue Job 521 Your sin prompts your mouth you adopt the tongue of the crafty Job 155 Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue Job 2012 A deceitful tongue crushes the spirit Proverbs 154 Their tongue is a deadly arrow Jeremiah 98 The tongue also is a fire a world of evil among the parts of the body It corrupts the whole person sets the whole course of his life on fire and is itself set on fire by hell James 36 No man can tame the tongue It is a restless evil full of deadly poison James 38 James goes on to say With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse men who have been made in Gods likeness Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing My brothers this should not be James 3910 Words that come out of our mouths that stem from a bitter heart are full of destructive power If we desire to please God and to live a life that reflects Him then we need to learn to take some control over what comes out of our mouths If anyone
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