Have you ever said something before that you wish you hadn’t said. Perhaps you were angry at the time and what you were thinking slipped out your mouth before you realized it. You wish you could take those words back, because you know how ugly they were, and how much you hurt someone. Words can hurt! The Bible tells us in Psalm 52:2-The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. See it can cut deeper than any knife and tear someone apart. Psalm 64:3 says the tongue is like a sword.
The tongue can not only hurt someone but spread filth to others. It can speak deceit and lies. It can start gossip about someone. It can hurt marriages and break them apart. It can get someone in a lot of trouble; causing men to fight or injure someone. The tongue can cause fear and cause confusion. The tongue can break apart someone and cause them shame or low self esteem. The tongue can bring to light the true heart of man. It is hard for a Christian to utter filthy things from his or her mouth, and then try to pray with that same mouth.
The Bible says that if a man is religious he should learn to bridle his tongue; which means he needs to watch what he says to others. James 1:26 says, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” James 3:8 says, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” Paul stated in Philippians 3:20 that our “conversation is in heaven.” That means that what we say reaches Heaven; or our character should represent Heaven and God. I urge you to watch what you say, because people tend to remember hateful words longer than you want them remembered. They may forgive you but it is hard for them to forget what you said. So the best thing to do is to watch what you say before you say it; hold that tongue when you are angry. If you do say something to hurt someone, ask them to forgive you.