Psalm 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Very few understand that the tongue is one of the most dangerous weapons possessed by man (Job 5:21; Psalm 57:4; Psalm 64:3; Psalm 140:3). It can and has been used to wound, deceive, and corrupt others. Unfortunately, the world chooses to most often use the tongue for evil. Yet, this should not be the case with the saints of God. Believers should keep their tongues from evil (Psalm 34:13). They should “Let all . . . evil speaking” “be put away from” them (Ephesians 4:31), instead speaking “that which is good to the use of edifying” (Ephesians 4:29). As ambassadors for Christ, it is imperative that believers speak those things which are righteous and becoming of the gospel of Christ.
• (For children): Psalm 10:7 tells how the wicked speak. Because Christians can (but should not) speak in this manner, the Bible offers us several warnings (Colossians 3:8; Titus 3:2; James 3:8-10; 1 Peter 2:1). Our words should instead help others (Proverbs 16:24; Proverbs 25:11; Isaiah 50:4).
• (For everyone): What are some ways in which Christians should be different from the world in their speech? Are you striving to be different in these areas?
• What types of things do you say that help people to draw closer to the Lord? What kind of things are you saying that might hinder others from coming to Christ?
• Ask the Lord to keep your tongue from evil.
• Ask God to show you when your words are wounding others.
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