One of the largest problems of any life is controlling what we say. After all, from the “abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks .” We, as Christians, should strive to control what we say at all times out of principle, for it is not only a reflection of our relationship with Christ, but it is also a reflection of Christ himself in the eyes of others. Everyone needs to improve their manner of speech for no one is perfect.
The underlying principle behind controlling the tongue is that words havepower. Perhaps more than anything else an individual can do, his or her speech can alter the course of history. For example, take the case of Adolf Hitler whose speeches drove Germany to war. In Genesis, the ultimate act of the power of words is the creation of the Universe. Jesus, likewise, showed the same power as evidenced by the centurion who noted “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Therefore, the tongue, being powerful, needs to be controlled.
There is no one that can claim to have full control of his or her tongue. James writes, “for we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body .” ,
1. Luke 6:45
2. Matthew 8:8 emphasis added
3. James 3:2