2001-11-18 - Passages About Our Words
Just like television, the internet, knowledge or almost anything, words can
be used for good or evil. Words can kill the heart, and words can heal it.
Words can uplift, and words can denigrate. The Bible has much to say about
"the tongue" and how we should use it, from avoiding useless arguments over
the Bible, to edifying others with our words. Today we will see some of what
God's word says. All passages are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
Matthew 5:34-35 But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either
by heaven, for it is God's throne, or by the earth, for it is his footstool;
or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. Titus 3:9 But
avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about
the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
Provrbs 16:23-25 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth
And adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet
to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 17:27-28 He who restrains his words has knowledge,
And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool, when
he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered
James 1:26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and
yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion
James 3:5-10 So also the tongue is a small part of the
body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame
by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity;
the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body,
and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For
every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea,
is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue;
it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord
and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness
of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren,
these things ought not to be this way.