Haven't we all said something we wish we never did? Something that was a lie, something that hurt someone.
James says that the man who can control his tongue is a mature man. Since we know Jesus was perfect that tells us he must of had full control of his tounge
Time with woman in adulty. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. What could he have said different. Why did he control his tounge
Let no corrupt communication (eph 4:29)
There is a form of corrupt speech that we all fall into at one time or another. The put down. Belittling someone else with words. Hey stupid, he is so dumb, what a dope. What does this do? exaults ourself over someone else. Is it biblical? Look at Phil2:3-4
A lot of people with fall into this trap of the tongue in marriage and child rearing. I am better than you. To a young child we are like superheros, then we put them down.
What are we told to do? Eph 4:15 and Eph 4:29B
Christ spoke the "truth in love" to the Mat 23 pharasees. He did not speak to them in a belittling way. He spoke in a corrective way. Even though he called them fools it was not to belittle them but to encourage them to look at themselves to see how empty they were inside.
Belittleing - 3rd commandment Don't take God's name in vain. Don't belittle God or the things of God. I John 4:4 says if they claim to love God, but don't show love to their neighbor they are a liar
"I would never belittle God, yet the neighbor gets it."
God will call into account every idle word spoken - when? day of judgement (Mat.12:36) when is a christian time of judgement. right now
Let's take a look at a few proverbs on the subject of the tongue
Pr 18:21 - Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Pr 15:4 -A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
Pr 12:18 -There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
Pr 12:19 - The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Pr 21:23 - Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.
What proceeds out of a man defiles him Mark 7:20-23
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
garbage in, garbage out. Phil 4:8 in, Phil 4:8 out
How to tame the tongue. Besides Phil 4:8