Would you be wise and in control of your whole body? Control your tongue.
We are told in the scriptures (James 3:2) that "Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way." If you want to change your life for the better immediately begin with learning to shut up or speak up appropriately.
Application: How to Tame your Tongue
1. Cut your words in half. Take a three second pause before you say one word. Cutting your words by 50% will reduce your sins of speech by 90%! I have learned that words and sin are not an arithmetic, but a geometric, relationship. Any words added beyond necessary speech contain verbal sin(s) that increase rapidly the more and longer we talk (Eccl 10:13).
2. Say what you need to say. If you happen to be a person who hardly ever speaks, this proverb does not apply. Perhaps your need is to use your words in order to be gracious. Saying what needs to be said brings value to others and not saying right words at the right time produces a regular source of disappointment and frustration to others. Speak up but speak up wisely and succinctly.
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