The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:19 NKJV
There is a reason the Bible has so much instruction about our words.
Truth or lies from our lips is a testament to the condition of our hearts.
Matthew 12:34 KJV — O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Luke 6:45 KJV — A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Not only do our words reveal the state of our hearts, it is a sure sign of our relationship with God.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
Proverbs 12:22 NKJV
Listen to the things which flow from your own lips and be diligent to mend those things which are dishonorable before Almighty God, for those who are followers of Christ should be people who speak with purpose and truth.
Colossians 4:6 KJV — Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
If our words are ugly, filthy, or false repentance and humility should be our response before Jesus, for the responsibility of those called by His name is weighty, our lives reflect directly upon our Lord.
He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
Proverbs 13:3 NKJV
It is impossible to tame the tongue on our own.
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
James 3:2 NKJV
Only in Christ can we be made perfect.
It takes continually humbling and submitting ourselves before Jesus Christ, seeking the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will come through trouble.
Proverbs 12:13 NKJV
The Lord understands both the dangers and the difficulties of our unruly words.
He has given us instruction, that we might learn and grow, becoming more skilled with the training of our hearts and lips.
He has blessed us with His Holy Spirit to give us that which is required to follow these things.
He has granted us forgiveness from sins, that we might find hope while learning to live daily speaking truth.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:29-32 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for truth and the ability to learn restraint with our words. Lord, thank You for instruction in how to walk in Your ways and how to recognize danger and sin. Lord, please continue to teach us how to be more like You every day. Lord, please hone our hearts, that no evil thing might be allowed to reside there. Lord, cleanse us completely from all unrighteousness, that we might not sin against You. Lord, walking daily in this sinful world with our sin nature means we often do not even recognize truth from a lie, sin from righteousness. Lord, please help us to learn from Your Word in such a way that we can understand Your truth clearly, without twisting it to our own purpose or selfishly applying it to others rather than ourselves. Lord, please purify Your people, that we might not reflect badly upon Your name. Thank You for Your salvation! Thank You for Your truth! I love You, Jesus. Amen.