Does anyone think he is religious? If he does not control his tongue, his religion is worthless and he deceives himself (James 1:26).
But no-one has ever been able to tame the tongue; it is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison (James 3:8).
The tongue is a fire. It is a world of wrong, occupying its place in our bodies and spreading evil through our whole being. It sets on fire the entire course of our existence with the fire that comes to it from inside us (James 3:6)
You can be sure that on judgement day everyone will have to give account of every useless word he has ever spoken. Your words will be used to judge you – to declare you either innocent or guilty (Matthew 12:36-37).
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom; but a perverse tongue will be cut off (Proverbs 10:31).
Truthful lips endure forever; but a lying tongue lasts only a moment (Proverbs 12:19)
The tongue has the power of life and death; and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21).
You will be protected from the lash of the tongue; and need not fear when destruction comes (Job 5:21).
Would he argue with useless words; with speeches that have no value? (Job 15:3).
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded and a gentle tongue can break a bone (Proverbs 25:15).
In Memory of our courageous Nigerian Brethren and Sisters
Bro. Henry Mwei (Mandi Hills, Kenya)