The Power of the Tongue – Part 2

Published May 17, 2017 by Covenant Keepers, Inc. in

HOW IS THE WILL INVOLVED IN OUR SPEECH?

You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:7

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

You have tried my heart; You have visited me by night; You have tested me and You find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress. Psalm 17:3

I said, “I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle while the wicked are in my presence.” Psalm 39:1

Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. Psalm 119:11

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3

Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Proverbs 4:24

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, the heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding. Proverbs 10:19-21

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Proverbs 16:23

Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I have taught you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, to make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer him who sent you? Proverbs 22:17-21

The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. Isaiah 50:4

Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. John 6:63

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching. Romans 10:8

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Ephesians 4:23

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Ephesians 4:25

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father. Ephesians 5:18-20

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is  to save your souls. James 1:21

Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:1

WHAT DOES GRACIOUS SPEECH INCLUDE?

Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:13-14

He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent. He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter. Proverbs 11:12-13

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:1-4

Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord, but pleasant words are pure. Proverbs 15:26

But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:15

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

WHAT ARE SOME NEGATIVE WAYS OF SPEAKING?

There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19

The woman of folly is boisterous, she is naive and knows nothing. Proverbs 9:13

A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends. Proverbs 16:28

A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind. (Amplified– A (self-confident) fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.) Proverbs 18:2

He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him. Proverbs 18:13

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20

And there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:4

But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Colossians 3:8

These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. Jude 1:16

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT GOSSIP?

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter. Proverbs 11:13

He who conceals a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends. Proverbs 17:9

Argue your case with your neighbor, and do not reveal the secret of another. Proverbs 25:9

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down. Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the body. Proverbs 26:20-22

For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 2 Thessalonians 3:11

At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention. 1 Timothy 5:13

Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler. 1 Peter 4:15

 

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