James 3:2 (NLT)
We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way.
Proverbs 10:19 says, Don't talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow.
Both of these scriptures are definite words to live by. The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage that it can do. The tongue is full of wickedness and can ruin your life.
How often do we speak before thinking of the consequences of our words? We all have had negative, offensive words spoken about us that we have never forgotten. We may forgive, but it is nearly impossible to forget. Words pierce our minds and hearts. Words shape our egos and impact our ways of thinking. For these reasons, it is important to weigh our words wisely.
Gossip and lying are two very hurtful acts. I am reminded of the seven things the Lord hates and some of the seven are a lying tongue, heart that devises evil, feet swift to run to mischief (gossip), and sowing discord among the brethren. All of which are acts that can be made by an unbridled tongue. These are not just sins, but the Lord HATES them.
Do not bear false witness against thy neighbor and Don't use the name of the Lord our God in vain are two of the Ten Commandments. Both are products of an unbridled tongue. When we can get our mouth under subjection of God's Spirit, how much better off will we become?
In Matthew, Christ tells the people if your eye causes you to lust, gouge it out, for it is better to lose your eye than go to hell. Is the tongue any different? It is important, even vital, to use our mouths for praise, prayer, encouragement, witnessing, rebuking the enemy and appropriate conversation and omit the lies, gossip, bitter words, negatism, and offensive language.