These words were found in an old Persian temple:
Do not say all you know, for he who says all he knows
Often says more than he knows.
Do not tell all you hear, for he who tells all he hears
Often tells more than he has heard.
The Book of James chapter 3 in the Bible tells us that the tongue is the reveler of the heart. When a nurse puts the thermometer under your tongue, it tells her your body’s temperature. James says that the words coming out of your mouth reveals your spirit’s temperature.
The tongue is the monitor of our lifestyle, and we have to learn to control our tongues. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36:
“We will be judged according to our words and will give an account for every idle word spoken.”
All I can say is OUCH!
Science has proven that the average person in normal conditions speaks an average of 25, 000 words daily. That’s enough to fill a 50 page book every day. In one year’s time, a person’s mouth would have filled 132 books each containing four hundred pages.
Your tongue is the master switch; one writer in the Bible says; “If your tongue is under control, that is it refuses to speak words of self-pity, the images of lustfulness, the thoughts of anger and resentment, then it would cut down hurtful words before they could do any damage.
Words can ravage a nation, a family, a person. The tongue can lead to killing or bring about war. But the tongue can also bring healing, peace and warmth. YOUR CHOICE
My daily walk and my daily talk will show others wherewith I spend my time in. you may ask, “how do I control what I say?’
Well according to Jesus, the mouth will speak what is in the heart; so if I want to change what I say, I must change what I feed my heart with. A good example: how much time do your spend reading the newspaper or any other media magazines, listening to the news and listening to other people gossiping? Now how much time do you spend reading the Bible? Remember whatever you feed your heart, your mouth will tell it.
I believe that there must be a balance of everything we put inside our hearts; we do it with our food intake, I mean we just don’t feed ourselves with junk food wall the time, do we? No most of us watch what we eat. So why don’t we do the same with what we feed our hearts?
Let us make an effort to watch what we feed on, then we may control what we say…