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As I write this devotion, I pray that every reader will bridle his or her tongue. The tongue is a deadly weapon that has caused much pain in the lives of people. The tongue can be used for good or for bad. Unfortunately, in far too many cases, the bad comes forth from the tongue. It cuts deep and destroys relationships. I have seen the power of the tongue with so many ungodly racist comments that cut into the fabric of another human being. If we are honest, an uncontrolled tongue has hurt most of us. On the other hand, many of us have hurt others because of our loose tongue. The Bible records much about the tongue, instructing us how to use it. For some reason, however, we’d rather not follow the Lord’s instructions and instead say what we want to say regardless of who may become hurt. Today’s scripture reference is Proverbs 18:21.

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

In this wisdom literature, we see how the tongue can bring life or death. All I can say is wow when I read these words. In effect, the writer says, do not talk too much. Give your tongue a rest. There are consequences when you just babble on. “Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction” is written in verse 20. Watch the words that come from our mouths. When you speak, use kind and gentle words. Use your tongue to edify and encourage. Use your tongue for that which is good, giving God praise, glory and honor. Do not say everything you think. Be slow to talk but quick to listen. The tongue is like a raging fire. Do not let your tongue burn out of control. Choose life, not death with your tongue.