Sins of the Tongue

Hey homies,

I just thought I’d share something I learnt awhile back.

The spoken word is very important – especially to God. He created with spoken words – He IS the word.  (John 1:1)

He hears every word we say: every good, every grumbling. Every idle word that we speak will be accounted for (Matt 12:36).

Types of sinful tongues:

  • Swift tongue – Proverbs 18:13
  • Backbiting tongue – Proverbs 25:23, Romans 1:30
  • Tale-bearing tongue - Proverbs 18:8, Leviticus 19:17
  • Cursing tongue – Romans 3:13-14
  • Piercing tongue – Proverbs 12:18
  • Silent tongue – Acts 1:8, Luke 4:18-22
  • Lying tongue – Proverbs 25:18
  • Flattering tongue – Psalm 5:9
  • Proud tongue – Psalm 12:3-4
  • Overused tongue – Ecclesiastes 5:2-3

“Keep your mouth, keep your life”, our tongues can lead to our demise if we’re not careful.

  • Critical tongue – it tears down reputations, especially of our leaders. Even more when we’re critical around unbelievers (Numbers 12:1-2).
  • Gossiping – slanders, destroys a person’s character (Psalm 101:5, Proverbs 16:27, Leviticus 19:1, Proverbs 11:13, Proverbs 26:20)
  • Complaining – displeases the Lord, He hates ingratitude! (Numbers 11:1, Psalm 78:19)

“Death and life is in the power of the tongue”  Proverbs 18:21

How to deal with sins of the tongue:

  • Use the tongue to pray – Ephesians 6:18
  • Be quick to listen, slow to speak  - Proverbs 29:20
  • Refuse to tear others down – James 4:11
  • Speak the truth in LOVE – Ephesians 4:15, 1 Corinthians 13:1
  • Surrender your tongue to God – James 3:8

Before I speak:

  • Is it true?
  • Is it kind?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Do I have permission to share it?
  • Is my motive pure?

I hope this has been beneficial to you all. God bless.


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