Ephesians 4:29 tells us "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." Psalm 34:13 also tells us to keep our tongues from evil. First, however, we must establish what evil communication is.
First, most of us, myself included, have done evil communication at some point and/or struggle with it currently. It includes profanity, gossip, things that hurt others, inappropriate things, and lies. Christians are supposed to "Abstain from the appearance of evil" according to 1 Thessalonians 5:22. This requires work. This requires us to control our tongues.
We are told that the tongue is wicked. The tongue can control our bodies. There is the power of life and death in the tongue. What we say can help us, hurt us, help others, or hurt others. We are made in the image of God; he spoke the world into existence, so there is power in what we speak. The tongue is the most unruly part of our bodies. It is tiny, but it can control the whole body.
With a horse, it is controlled by a bit on the tongue. That allows you to control a big, giant horse. We need to let God take complete control of our lives. That starts with the tongue and what we say. Also, whatever comes out is what is in our hearts. It is a sign of what is in our hearts. It shows our thoughts.
Phillipians 4:8 says "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." We need to talk about what is pure, just, lovely, virtuous, praiseful, and of a good report. Think positively and speak positively.
Jason Oller is a member of the Apostolic Lighthouse in Minden