You have been given the power to control your speech. He is called the Holy Spirit. You can’t tame your own tongue, but the Spirit of God can.

Charles R. Swindoll 
 

Our tongue is neither friend nor foe. It’s merely a delivery device, like a bucket that draws water from a well. According to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 15:17– 20, what sins can poison the well?

Our words both reveal and relay our true nature, whether good or bad. They are the buckets that draw sweet or bitter water from the well, the channels into which our pure or polluted spring ows and which convey to the world the truth about us. Consequently, those who control their words must control far more than just the muscle that forms the words in their mouths; they must have mastery over the deepest parts of who they are.

Such mastery is no small accomplishment! It follows, then, that those who in uence others with their words should be held to a higher standard of spiritual maturity, as the apostle James explained in James 3:1–12— a section on controlling the tongue.


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