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Controlling The Tongue

Yesterday’s post on vulgar language got me to thinking about all the scripture there is about controlling the tongue. In that scripture, we are told what types of language we should and shouldn’t use. The list below contains the types of language we shouldn’t use. It is in no way intended to be comprehensive, but it should keep us thinking about the bad kinds of the speech we sometimes use.

I Peter 3:10–Deceitful speech
Proverbs 6:20–Gossip
Psalm 34:13–Lies
Titus 3:2–Slander
Proverbs 15:1–Harsh words
James 1:19-20–Anger
Proverbs 26:20-21–Quarrelsome words
Matthew 12:34-35–Evil
I Petter 2:1–Malice and hypocrisy
Job 27:4–Falsehood
James 2:1-26–Partiality
Proverbs 25:3–Backbiting
Proverbs 15:4–Perverseness
James 2:15-18–Speaking unsympathetically to those in need
James 3:14–Boasting and flattering
James 4:12–Grumbling

These scriptures are not the only ones that condemn or warn against the use of the above words and terms. As noted above, I’m sure there is scripture that deals with other types of language we shouldn’t use.

There is a scripture that preachers sometimes use to begin their sermons. Perhaps we should use it to begin each day: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, KJV)

2 comments… add one
  • Frances Smith January 17, 2018, 10:14 AM

    John, you make my day. Thanks

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