“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body… And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (Jas. 3:2-6).

Do you know how many times you have been advised or being warned about what you say? Either you have seen or heard about someone who has put him or herself in trouble because of the wrong thing he/she says. Many lives have been troubled, many destinies have been altered or destroyed, and many lives have been cut short because they cannot control what they say.
The result of uncontrolled mouth and unguided utterances causes the body to be unbridled. By default, their whole body is activated to doing wickedly, thus putting their lives at risk against all kinds of onslaught of the devil.
If you have a running mouth that cannot be controlled, you are prone and vulnerable to any attack of the enemy. An attack of this sort is spiritual and not physical (Eph.6:12). It is not that someone will slap you to short you up, but there is always a payback later in life; by running your mouth anyhow, you are planting a seed, and whatever you sow, you shall reap.
What you say can shape your life or alter your destiny positively or negatively. Your utterance can shape you positively and save you in the day of adversity if it talks of the truth all the time. Contrary wise, it can shape your life negatively, destroy or kill you; especially, if all that your mouth speaks is falsehood and despising others.
Let your thought be aligned with the word of God, and then what you speak will be in line with the will of God. If you read and meditate on the word of God all the time, you will be guided by the Holy Spirit. What you say will flow out of your mouth in line with the will of God. You will be blessed because your mouth is guided and it speaks what commands blessing.
Contrary wise again, if you read and meditate all the time on magazines, books, movies, media shows and discusses of the ungodly, the sinners and the scornful of this world, your mouth becomes a pipe line running with ungodly talks, despising words, costly jokes, cursing, derogatory words, insulting and slur words (Ps 10:7). In this regard, what you say becomes a seed you have planted which you will reap in due season. If you despise, you will be despised; if you curse, you will be cursed; if you cast a costly joke, you will be satirized in a painful way, and so on; it never ends until you break that habit by being born again and rid yourself of the old habit.

How do I watch what I say?

• Be born again. Be not a Christian by mouth, but a changed person; riding yourself of the adamic nature which you have piled up from your parents, peers and the society (Rom. 12:2)
• Read and meditate on the word of God always; the word of God becomes the issue that flows out of your good heart, guided by the Spirit of God (Ps. 1:1-3; Lk. 6:45)
• Think before you talk so that you don’t commit a grievous error (Jas. 1:19)
• Avoid the seat of the scornful, that is the training ground for ungodly talks (Eph. 5:4)
• Dissociate from ungodly associates (relations, friends or co-workers) (2Cor, 6:14-18).
• Avoid any argument that can result to dissension; the shock absorber (degree of tolerance) in every human being varies. Always empathies with others, what you will not tolerate, don’t throw it at anybody (1Tim.6:3-5).

Watch what you say so that you don’t regret later that you have said it. Once the content is voiced out to the hearing of others it becomes pieces that cannot be put together again. What is done cannot be undone. It is better to think before you talk to avoid unprecedented trouble than to say something that will bring a lingering bitterness into your life; a repercussion of a careless talk that will continue to make you live a life of regret; “had I known I would have not said it”

By Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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