(Bumping this to the top, I hope it’s a blessing for you.)
One of the things God has been really working on me lately is still a work in progress and we’ve been at a long time now. Not sure how He hasn’t given up on me yet. I’d really like to share with you what He’s been teaching me. I called this, The Transformed Talk.
Have you ever dug really deep into the Bible and studied what you and I, as Christians, should be talking about? The kind of words should be coming out of your mouths? What do our conversations say about us? Well, this is what we are going to talk about in this post – it’s been so heavy on my heart, but so hard to put into writing (I should have just done a video, would have been so much easier).
For the most part, we as women are all the same! We were rather blessed with the number of words that come out of our mouths on a daily basis (or maybe not so blessed). Statistics show that on average, women speak 20,000 words a day – men about 7,000. Kind of crazy, don’t you think! Have you ever sat down and analyzed those 20,000 words that have come out of your mouth?
As I studied Scripture, I was surprised at the amount of information God left for us through His instructional book of life, the Bible. Taming our tongues and being mindful of what we say is a much bigger deal than we give it. Scriptures show that not only are we humanly not able to tame our tongues, we must bridle our mouth (meaning TAKE ACTION)!
THE WAY WE SPEAK TO:
- Our spouse-Do we build them up, encourage, love them or are we complaining, being negative, nagging, disrespectful? What percentage is positive and what negative?
- Our children– Do our words to them heal, inspire, encourage, bring life or are we irritable, only notice the faults, discourage and not the LIGHT Jesus instructs us to be to them?
- Our parents– Even though most of us are out of the home. How do we treat our parents when we talk to them even via phone? Or do we even find the time to talk to them at all? This goes for in-laws as well!
- Our friends– When we get together with our friends in a group, what is foremost in our conversation? Does anything need to be shifted? Do we talk 80% of the time about world things and 20% heaven focuced or is it the othe way around?
- Our girlfriends– Those closest to use, when the walls come down and we speak freely, what is our conversation about? Would it be one Jesus would partake in if He joined us for tea and sat around the table with us?
- Ourselves– Kept this one last, because it’s so important. What I store in my heart is what will flow out of me. What have I been storing up: unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment? The things I dwell upon and give most of my time to with influence what comes out of me. Does my language not reflect what I’d like it to? What needs to be changed?
So WHAT DOES SCRIPTURE SAY ABOUT TAMING OUT TONGUES?
- James 2: 1-12 On my own, I cannot tame my tongue.
- James 1: 26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
- James 3: 2- If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
- Matt 15: 11- Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.
- Luke 6:45 The mouth speaks what the heart is full of!
- Rom 14:1 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR MY TONGUE AND TALK?
Submit my words and self to supernatural enablement to do what only the Holy Spirit is capable of doing. Submit to God and let the Holy Spirit transform me from the inside, flowing out.
WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE?
- James 1:19- Help me to be quick to listen and slow to speak.
- Eph 4: 29- Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (the building up of the one in need, that it would give grace to those who hear.)
- 1 Tim 4:12- But be an example to the believers in word.
- Eph 5: 2&3- Let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
- Prov 18: 20- A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
- Matt 12:35- But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.
- Psalm 19: 14- Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
- Col 3: 8- But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
- Prov 20:19- Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
- Hebrews 13:5- Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
- Proverbs 17:28- Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise.
CONFESS to God the damage my words have made. Confess doesn’t just mean saying apologizing that I spoke things I should have spoken. It’s actually bringing the sin to the light and saying repenting God for raising my voice at my husband, etc
CONFESS that I need the Holy Spirit in me to speak through me and guide me. For the Holy Spirit to take over my tongue and clean out my heart. So when I speak, Jesus flows out of me.
PRAY that God will give a strong consciousness and awareness about the impact our words make. They bring life or death! (Be prepared for God to show you, it may hurt.)
PRACTICE speaking in a way that my words will encourage, edify, inspire, comfort, heal and bring life. Consistent practice – makes better and better. Remember, it takes 40 days to change a habit.
What I practice will become a habit. My habit will become a lifestyle!
The connection between our spiritual heart and tongue cannot be broken. Before I speak, do I do a practice run on what you want to say, determine the motive behind it and whether it really needs to be said?. And if not, get a cup of water and slowly start drinking to distract yourself from speaking.
When your friends ask about your momentary silence or the reasoning for your lack of speaking, be HONEST! Tell them the Holy Spirit is working on your tongue and you are in listening/practice mode!
Consistently remind me I cannot control my tongue, I cannot do it on my own, it’s not about ME. My dependency is on the Holy Spirit and what He can do through me!!! Giving Him the glory and honor.
CONSISTENTLY dedicate my heart, mind and tongue to the Lord, for His glory, on a DAILY basis!
“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26). This is serious!
Lastly, read Part 2, for a deeper printable Study on this topic.
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