The genuineness of a person’s faith will inevitably be demonstrated by his/her speech.- John MacArthur
…For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
Week 6 Challenge: This week we are going to focus on taming our tongues. Every morning BEFORE you get out of bed, ask God to help you control your tongue for the day. Focus on speaking words that are gentle and loving……life-giving words, not life-hurting words.
If you struggle in this area, ask your GMGs to pray over you concerning this area in your life, ask them to hold you accountable. This week let’s take it one step further though, tell your family about this week’s challenge and let them know you will be focusing on taming your tongue and applying James 3:1-12 in your life.
Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
– Psalm 141:3-
When you feel tempted to:
When you feel tempted to “put that person in his/her place”, pray instead.
When you feel tempted to spread a “little gossip”, pray instead.
When you feel tempted to “tell it like it is”, pray instead.
When you feel tempted to return hurtful words with your own hurtful words, pray instead.
When you feel tempted to say something you shouldn’t….DON’T…pray instead.
Pray instead, ask God to give you the strength to overcome the temptation and help you develop the discipline of controlling your tongue.
Ways that we can tame our tongues:
1. Humble yourself
2. Put off all slander and evil speaking
3. Put on a heart and words of kindness, love, forgiveness and grace
4. Bring your thought life under the control of the Holy Spirit
5. Talk less
6. Think before you speak
7. Refuse to listen to slander or gossip about others
(Note: These 7 suggestions come from Revive Our Hearts: How To Control Your Tongue )
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