Many people have a problem controlling their tongue. They speak before they think.
Church members have even left churches because of the words, the hurtful words that were spoken to them by another church member.
There is an old adage that says: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt. Those words have long been proven false. Hurtful words that were spoken decades earlier may still ring as if they were spoken yesterday.
So, my friends, if these words apply to you, pray, and ask God to put a governor on your mouth, so that you will speak with wisdom. If these words apply to someone you know, pray for them. Don’t gossip about them! Ask God to give them wisdom.
Please meditate and ponder the following scriptures.
Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
But no man 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.
Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? James 3:3-10