God loathes an unruly tongue. It is up to those of us who desire to live in harmony with His word, to strive and control our tongues. A multi-faceted task.
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV)
Notice, of the seven things that are abomination to him, there are at least three which have a connection to the tongue: A lying tongue, false witness that speaketh lies and he that soweth discord among the brethren. The tongue might even be involved in the others.
And the scriptures are filled with warnings of careless use of the tongue. David, the man who is said to have been after God’s own heart, even though he sinned often as we all do, had this to say about controlling his tongue:
I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. (Psalm 39:1 KJV)
Now see also what James and Peter had to say concerning the tongue:
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 1:26 KJV)
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: (1Peter 3:10 KJV)
So we might ask, just what is it that is forbidden in the use of the tongue? A lot. The verses quoted above have much meaning. It is very obvious in the quotation from Proverbs above, what is meant. Lies are covered specifically in any way they may be used. Plus anything that might cause discord among the brotherhood.
In Proverbs 10:32, we are told that the righteous knows what is acceptable: The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness. The term “forward” is not used a lot anymore but it means stubborn, contrary, disobedient or obstinate.
It is highly unlikely that many people do not know what this subject is concerning. God frowns on foolish or evil talk. Some of the terms spoken against follow:
In Ephesians 4:29, we are advised to “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
Again, Ephesians 5:4, “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. ” These two verses condemn all vulgar or risqué jokes, or just plain stupid and useless talk. Perhaps the most straightforward an easiest to understand verse condemning vulgar talk is found in Colossians 3:8 which has this to say:
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. This verse should resolve most of our concern over what type speech is forbidden.
What we are to say and what we are not to say should be quite easy to understand. Most of the unacceptable speech that we hear are from those who know well that they should not be said.
The two things which will help Christians more than anything else in conquering our weaknesses, is prayer and meditation. If you can keep God and His word in your hearts and minds from the time you rise up until the time you retire in the evening, your talk will exclude the filthy and vulgar words. Try it, you will like it.
If you have ever envied someone who seems to live a devout Christian life so easily while you, yourself are struggling to keep sin out of your life, resort to the above…prayer and meditation upon God’s word. The Psalms of David can be of great help in this regard. Read what he does for strength. He takes his troubles to the Lord and is strengthened by it. Read Psalm 31 for a start in the right direction.