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1064th -- Controlling the Tongue


We should always be conscious of the words that we are speaking. Many 
times we say things in haste without thinking them through and we soon 
regret the damage that is done. Our words have great power; they can 
either bring healing or they can cause great hurt. Our words can bring 
encouragement or they can cause irreparable damage. The tongue though it 
is a small member of our entire body, it has the power to destroy our 
entire life. That is why we should choose our words wisely especially 
when we are tempted to say things that are negative, hurtful or may cause 
great pain to someone else. It is in moments of anger that people say the 
most hurtful things, many times without really meaning it, but once the 
words are said, they could never be unsaid. (James 3:3-12)

Knowing that words can cause great pain to others, we should adopt a 
philosophy which says if you're angry count to 10 before you speak and if 
you're really angry count to 100. Seeing that we should pause before we 
speak in anger shows us the danger that can come in spewing out hate 
filled words. One who walks in love should never allow the enemy's 
temptation of speaking hateful words to manifest in their life. We who 
have given our life to Christ have given up the old sin filled life and we 
have put on the new man. Knowing that we are new creations in Christ 
should cause us to be affirmer's, encourager's and prisoners of hope 
towards everyone we come into contact with.
(Colossians 3:8-10) (2 Corinthians 5:17) (Galatians 6:1-4)

Our words shouldn't be condescending, discouraging or in a tone of bringing
others down, but rather the opposite. Be encouraged to think carefully of 
your words. Make a conscious decision to lift others up and never bring 
them down. We are the light of the world who are called to bring hope, 
love, peace and joy to all those who are down, discouraged and 
disheartened. Use your life to make a difference that can never be erased 
and stand in your authority as an ambassador for Christ doing all that you 
can to lead all those in your path to know Him.
(Matthew 5:14-16) (2 Corinthians 5:20-21)

I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to speak only 
encouraging and uplifting words over your life and the lives of others.


It was a particularly tough football game, and nerves were on edge. The 
home team had been the victim of three or four close calls, and they were 
now trailing the visitors by a touchdown and a field goal. When the 
official called yet another close one in the visitors' favor, the home 
quarterback blew his top.

“How many times can you do this to us in a single game?” he screamed. “You 
were wrong on the out-of-bounds call, you were wrong on that last holding 
call, and you failed to say anything about a late hit in the first quarter.”

The official just stared. The quarterback seethed, but he tried to 
suppress language that might get him tossed out of the game. “What it 
comes down to,” he bellowed, “Is that You Stink!”

The official stared a few more seconds. Then he bent down, picked up the 
ball, paced off 15 yards, and put the ball down. He turned to face the 
steaming quarterback. “And how do I smell from here?” he asked.

There are so many times when it is hard to “bite the tongue” and say 
nothing. The urge to say “something” seems so overpowering that the words 
sometimes erupt before we have a chance to think them through. 
Unfortunately, those words have consequences. The minor offenses result 
in 15-yard penalties. The more serious offenses result in years of regret 
and heartache, or perhaps broken relationships that take years to rebuild. 
No wonder James had such strong words of praise concerning the person who 
is always able to control what he says. (James 3:2)

“He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a 
calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he 
shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” (Proverbs 17:27-28)

May your words today be few, calm and carefully thought out.

Author Unknown

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Proverbs 15:1-4 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir 
up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of 
fools poureth out foolishness. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, 
beholding the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: 
but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

Colossians 3:8-10 “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice,
blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another,
seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on 
the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that 
created him.”

Matthew 12:35-37
“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth
forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth 
evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall 
speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy 
words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

James 3:10-12 “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My 
brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at 
the same place? sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, 
bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield 
salt water and fresh.”

Proverbs 18:4-7 “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the 
wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook. It is not good to accept the 
person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. A fool’s 
lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool’s 
mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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