Controlling the Tongue:
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold O Lord, you know it altogether.
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and let without walls
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? …
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right. Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Don’t give up. Keep trying. Day after day start anew. Taming the tongue is incredibly hard. These verses tell us to pray for wisdom, self-control, and patience. Let’s praise God and receive His Word, for His Word is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.