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THE POSITIVE USE OF THE TONGUE

David spoke of his tongue as a pen (Ps. 45:1Ps. 45:1
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45 For the Chief Musician; set to Shoshannim. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Maschil. A Song of loves. 1 My heart overfloweth with a goodly matter; I speak the things which I have made touching the king: My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

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) and his enemies’ tongues as sharp swords (Ps. 57:4Ps. 57:4
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4 My soul is among lions; I lie among them that are set on fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword.

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). We learn that God hates a tongue which forms lies (Prov. 6:17Prov. 6:17
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17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood;

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).  Isaiah prophesied a future time so happy that it would case “the tongue of the dumb [to] sing” (Isa. 35:6Isa. 35:6
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6 Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

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). The ungodly tongue is described by Jeremiah as a “deadly arrow” (Jer. 9:8Jer. 9:8
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8 Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he layeth wait for him.

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). James calls the unruly tongue a “fire” (Js. 3:6Js. 3:6
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6 When a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand;

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The tongue is unique among the body’s members.  It has so many uses. With taste buds, it judges the palatability of the food we consume. With sensitive nerves, it screens the temperatures of the food and drink which enter the mouth.  William McPherson, who lost his sense of sight, hearing, and all four limbs in a mining explosion, used his tongue to read the Bible in Braille. Coordinating with brain and various, undergirding muscles, the tongue is that powerful tool of communication responsible for speech and song.  Like so much of what God created, it is a neutral invention.  According to how it is used, the tongue is either a blessing or curse upon families, communities, and nations.  Benjamin Franklin wrote, “A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.”  How can we identify a tongue positively used?

A POSITIVE TONGUE WILL NOT BACKBITE.  Those who wield their tongues positively will say something nice, or at least say nothing at all, about an occupant on the “rumor mill.”  in fact, we should use our tongues to stop the backbiting of others (Prov. 25:23Prov. 25:23
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23 The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

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).  A Welsh proverb goes, “Lord, remind us often that a gossip’s mouth is the devil’s mailbag.”  Remember, there’s only one thing more difficult than unscrambling an egg and that’s unspreading a rumor.  We wish only the best for others.  We don’t want to contribute to another’s harm or embarrassment by saying or repeating something evil about them behind their back (Ps. 15:1Ps. 15:1
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A Psalm of David. 15 1 Jehovah, who shall sojourn in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

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; Rom. 1:30Rom. 1:30
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30 backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

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; 2 Cor. 12:202 Cor. 12:20
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20 For I fear, lest by any means, when I come, I should find you not such as I would, and should myself be found of you such as ye would not; lest by any means there should be strife, jealousy, wraths, factions, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults;

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A POSITIVE TONGUE WILL SPEAK GOD’S WORD.  On multiple occasions, the psalmist pledged to use his tongue this way (71:24; 119:172).   When opportunities with our neighbors and friends clearly present themselves, how can we refrain our tongues from speaking Bible truth and divine expectations? When the Bible is disparaged in our presence, how can we hold back our tongues from defending words more precious than gold? God’s Word contain “glad tidings” (Acts 13:32Acts 13:32
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32 And we bring you good tidings of the promise made unto the fathers,

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; Lk. 8:1Lk. 8:1
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8 1 And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good tidings of the kingdom of God, and with him the twelve,

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; Rom. 10:15Rom. 10:15
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15 and how shall they preach, except they be sent? even as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things!

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A POSITIVE TONGUE WILL SPEAK WHOLESOME WORDS. The Bible praises those who use wholesome words (Prov. 15:4Prov. 15:4
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4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

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; 1 Tim. 6:51 Tim. 6:5
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5 wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing that godliness is a way of gain.

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). Profanity, vulgar stories, suggestive language and sexual innuendos do not drop off of a positive, wholesome tongue. Instead, we speak words that improve and sustain our good character.

A POSITIVE TONGUE WILL BE BRIDLED.  That’s how you know who is religious (Js. 1:26Js. 1:26
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26 and I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called The city of righteousness, a faithful town.

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).  A hot head and a positive tongue don’t rest in the same skull. A blessing tongue and a cursing tongue do not lead to the same end (1 Pet. 3:10-111 Pet. 3:10-11
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10 For, He that would love life, And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile: 11 And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it.

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). A hypocritical tongue and a sincere tongue cannot belong to the same individual (1 Jn. 3:181 Jn. 3:18
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18  My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

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).  Self-control includes tongue-control.
Someone has written, “To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.”  It may only be about three inches long, but it can be trained not to do miles of damage. It can be positively controlled.  A bridle for the tongue is a necessary tool which, when used, will cause one to be a shining light in the house of God.

–Neal Pollard