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The tongue is a small organ found in man and woman. It has good and bad effects. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those that love it shall eat the fruits" (Prov 18:21) - meaning that those who love life through the tongue should utter what is right and will live well, but those who love death and fail to maintain their tongue, shall die. Blessings and curses all come from the tongue, thus bringing life or death respectively.

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his tongue, is counted as wise, and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding" (Prov 17:28). Therefore it is always best to keep quiet so as to be counted wise, instead of making a noise and expose our foolishness to other people.

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth what is good and an evil man brings what is bad" (Luke 6:45). Therefore if you talk, many people can understand what type of person you are; if you keep quiet you give someone a hard time to get to know you, so beware!

"What man is he that desireth life and loveth many days? Therefore keep your tongue from evil and your lips also from evil" (Ps 3:12-13). "Therefore whoever wants everlasting life should keep the tongue away from evil and his lips from speaking deceit" (1 Peter 3:10), therefore keep the tongue away from lies and he/she shall live long. "If any man among you seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain" (James 1:26). Therefore as true Christians we ought to take care of our tongues.

Bro Adriano Wanjala (Nyange, Kenya)

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