An amazing concept! Here on Earth, the only species that uses “words” is the HUMAN species.
In God’s Image we are Created! Communication. Yes, other species interact, even “silent” – deaf and or dumb, we ‘speak’.
Human beings communicate with incredible detail using language, but we are also probably more detailed visual communicators than other animals. … Speech and language, vocalisations such as grunts, then a range of other noises can be communicative – lip-smacking, clapping hands, foot-tapping, and so on.
“A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” … A gentle tongue will rebuke at times, never out of pique, but always for the good of the hearer. Words from a friend pointing out a fault will hurt, but they come from faithful love.
…by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
The tongue has the power of life and death.” The stakes are high. Your words can either speak life, or your words can speak death. Our tongues can build others up, or they can tear them down. An unchecked fire doubles in size every minute.
1. Proverbs 13:3; “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”
2. Ephesians 4:29; “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
3. Proverbs 18:19; “A brother who has been insulted is harder to win back than a walled city, and arguments separate people like the barred gates of a palace.”
4. Proverbs 10:20; “The words of a good person are like pure silver, but an evil person’s thoughts are worth very little.”
5. Proverbs 26:20; “Without wood, a fire will go out, and without gossip, quarreling will stop.”
6. Proverbs 11:17; “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.”
7. 1 Peter 3:9; “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
8. Proverbs 16:24; “Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
9. Matthew 15:18; “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.”
10. Matthew 12:36; “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”
11. Matthew 12:37; “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
12. Colossians 3:8; “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”
13. James 1:26; “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”
14. James 3:3-6; When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
15. James 3: 9-12; “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”
16. Proverbs 29:20; “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
17. Colossians 4:6; “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing…” James 3:10
James goes on to say, however, that a Christian’s talk should not have this duality or hypocrisy.
“My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” (v. 11-12)
He challenges us to earnestly grow in speaking grace, truth, and life, because it’s critical to our identity as Christians.