Taming the Tongue

by Carrie Raab on April 12, 2012

Taming the Tongue

As a child of God, learning to tame the tongue takes discipline. When we talk about the tongue, immediately we must also think of the heart. The two of them go hand in hand.  God’s word clearly tells us “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”  What is going on inside comes out in ways of our tongue. So, what do we do with our heart and our tongue?

We go to God. We draw near to Him. We read His word. We listen to His voice and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and crucify the flesh. This, however, is a work in progress. We are always learning, always growing. God’s word tells us “we go from glory to glory.” So, be encouraged and consider yourself climbing the spiritual ladder each and every day- becoming more like Him and less of ourselves (our flesh).

Scriptures to meditate on about the tongue:

  • If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. James 1:26
  • But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  …Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. James 3:8-9
  • Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Provers 18:21
  • Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 34:13
  • A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Provers 15:4
  • He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs 13:3
  • Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3

The first thing that God is trying to tell all of us is that we have a certain amount of “power” in our tongues. Our tongue is referring to the verbal words that we speak out of our mouths to other people. In essence, what we speak is what we have in our heart. We will either bless or curse with our tongue.  Let’s speak words of life, words of edification, words of encouragement to everyone that we are speaking to.

What circumstances in your life are you having to learn self control with, in regard to your tongue? What is going on in your heart that produces those words to flow out? Is there an area in your life where this lack of self control is a struggle? I would love to pray for you. There is power in prayer and power in agreement. Write your comments or prayer requests below. I want to hear from you! Bless you!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle July 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Thanks you so much for this. I really needed to read this today. I have been struggling with this and am trying to get control over it. Please pray for me and that I will focus more on being led by the Holy Spirit.


Carrie Raab July 17, 2012 at 3:27 am

Hey Michelle! God is good! Glad it was a word in season for you and it brought you encouragement. God is for you and you have our prayers! Blessings to you!


Nicole May 19, 2012 at 4:52 am

Taming the tongue is definitely something I struggle with- the tongue of bitterness, judgement, critical words, anger, etc. Ephesians 4:29 has helped me out with this- Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Kind of a good check to see what is coming out of my mouth and if that matches this verse and others. Great post!

~Nicole, Working Kansas Homemaker


Carrie Raab May 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Great verse Nicole! I love that verse! So true- that is why I love the gift of prophesy because it is all about edification, building others up, and speaking the very words of Go to, over, and about someone! Thanks so much for stopping by! Bless you!


Stephanie April 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

I have struggled with this A LOT. I have found that taking every thought captive has been my biggest weapon in controlling the tongue. If I don’t allow myself to THINK it, I am much less likely to SAY it!


Carrie Raab April 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Amen! Good stuff, Stephanie! So true… as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Thanks for stopping by and your comment. I love the feedback.


Jerralea April 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

This is a good word, Carrie! The ability to tame our tongue is a sign of spiritual maturity.

I have to stay in the word to make sure I don’t say what I shouldn’t!


Carrie Raab April 19, 2012 at 2:07 am

Hey Jerralea! Thanks so much! Yes, He is our living hope and keeps us in His loving grace and when our eyes stay on Him, we are able to walk in the Spirit and have self control of our tongue/our flesh, etc. I agree, stay in the word and be obedient to His voice. Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment!


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