A reflection by Maso Buggs, Jr, a disciple of Jesus Christ and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
This verse teaches us some important truths. What we say and how we say it can either hurt people or it can hurt people. First, let’s consider how our speech can be used for evil. One day we praise God and the next day we curse or fellow neighbor. This does not make any sense. Man is made in God’s image, so to attack another person is to attack God’s creation and rule.
On the other hand, our speech should be used to edify the body of Christ; such things as praise, worship and prayer are examples of using our speech to bless God or to help someone else in the walk of faith. The key seems to be to control our speech, that is what we say, how we say it and when to say it. To me, we must put our whole lives under God’s control. When our lives are lead by the Holy Spirit, we will be careful how we talk to one another – we want to be a blessing and not a curse to one another.
Clearly, the tongue is a very powerful weapon in the hands of the wrong person. Let us practice discretion in what we say and how we say it.