But, no one can tame the tongue it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and
Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
In Matthew 12:36-37 Jesus gives a solemn warning about the dangers of words carelessly spoken. We need to remember that God takes our words seriously, even when we ourselves do not. "Idle words, " that is words spoken carelessly without premediatation are often foolish or negative. Some of us even excuse ourselves by saying, "But, I didn't really mean it". The fact that the speaker doesn't really mean them does not in any way
minimize or cancel the effect of the words spoken, nor does it release them from accountablity.
In Proverbs 6:2 Solomon warns a person who has unwisely put up a security for a neighbor. This is only one of the countless ways in which people are "ensnared by the words of their mouth". One way in which we frequently bring upon ourselves various kinds of trouble, of which we do not understand the source, is by speaking negative about ourselves and or others. We all have heard about the sins of the father, the sins of the flesh, but what about the sins of the tongue?
Be watchful of what you say because you will get what you confess with your mouth. Do any of these statements sound familar to you? " I get so angry", "I get so tired", "I get so busy with my life", or maybe, " my husband doesn't understand me", " my children don't appreciate me". " It is driving me crazy", "when ever there is a bug I catch it" " I can never make ends meet". The list could go on and on, but you get the picture. In Genesis God said " let there be light, God said " be fruitful and multiply", he didn't say "only if I could see light today", or, "only if they would multiply".
We are all guilty of condemning and restricting our success in life, our happiness, our finances. We shut the door of opportunity and blessings of God by opening our mouths and speaking words of negativity. Not only should we keep our thoughts captive but also our words. We should learn to pause and count to ten before we speak, really think about what we are going to say before speaking it. We should ask oursleves how the words we speak impact our thoughts and emotions. Will our words be uplifting and edifying to ourselves and to those whom we are speaking or referring?
The main vehicle of both blessings and curses is words. Such words may be spoken or written or merely uttered inwardly. Scripture has much to say about the power of words. The book of Proverbs in particular contains many warnings as to how words may be used either for good or for evil.
The sins of the tongue are one of the snares of the enemy. He doen't want us to realize and understand the power of the tongue. According to God's word life and death are in the power of the tongue. We must be decisive, disciplined, dedicated and determined to use our tongue to edifly ourselves, our families and the body of Christ. We can no longer allow the sins of the tongue to destroy that which God has so graciously given.... Our Blessings.