2. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29). We are not to speak rotten words in anger, but words that build them up and words that will give them favor.
3. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit” (Proverbs 15:4). What we say will effect the lives of others and also our lives for healing or for destruction.
4. “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health” (Proverbs 12:18). Our tongue can be sharp and piercing as a sword or a means of bringing healing to others.
5. “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24). We should stop to consider how our words may effect ourselves and others.
6. “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). When we judge others, it is like a boomerang. It comes back to hit us in the face.
7. “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Luke 6:37). To the degree that we judge others, we, ourselves, are to be judged.
8. “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not” (Romans 12:14). Even when people do something bad to us, we are to speak well of them.
9. “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge” (James 4:11). We are not to judge others, but allow God to be the judge. He does a much better job than we do.
10. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). Think of it this way: Our words are to be precious as gold, framed in a smile of silver.
11. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21). Our words carry power with them to produce the fruit which we will eat.
12. “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God” (Ephesians 5:3-5). We are not to use vulgar or filthy language or even make jokes at the expense of others.
13. “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (James 3:10). We are only to have a pure stream of blessings come out of our mouth. Blessings are speaking well of others.
14. “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:6). Grace is God’s undeserved favor. Give others a break, after all, God has given us grace.
15. “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalms 103:2). We are not to use God’s name in vain, but we are to speak well of God.
16.“But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne” (Matthew 5:34). “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37). Instead of swearing, we should just say, “Yes, Sir.” or “No, Sir.”
17. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8). Whatever we say should line up with the Bible.
18. “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2). The person who controls his tongue can control his whole body.
19. “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23). We will come to say that which we believe, but what we speak has power to produce.
20.“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20). Notice: Jesus said, “… say unto this mountain.”
21. “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” (I Peter 3:10). If we want to love life and live long, we should not speak evil about others.
22. “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled” (Proverbs 18:20). Our mouth produces fruit! Our lips produces a filling. The question is, “What kind of fruit does it produce?”
23.“I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him” (Isaiah 57:19). God says that He brings into being what we speak. Within, a certain framework, we may change our destiny by what we say.
24. “For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:7-8). Herein is the problem: no one can by self effort fully tame the tongue! So, what is the answer???
25. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh” (Luke 6:45). What we put into are hearts will be what comes out of our mouths. We must be careful of what we put into our heart! What we put into our heart determines what comes out of the mouth! What we put in our heart is what we think about, what we ponder, what we meditate upon.
1. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he ….” (Proverbs 23:7). The thoughts which we think will produce attitudes which also produce the words which come out of our mouths which produce additional effects into our lives and in the lives of others.
2. “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:4-5). The battleground is in the mind with the thoughts that we think; therefore, we are responsible to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
3. “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The Word of God (The Bible) is what we are to think on, meditate upon, and speak. See : Preparation For Success, Challenge To Success, and Attention Deficit Disorders.