A Good Tongue Ps 34:13 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
In the prior broadcast we studied the unruly tongue and its wicked manifestations. In this broadcast we will study a good tongue and its various scriptural manifestations. A good tongue is a:
Bridled tongue – Job 6:24 – “I will hold my tongue,” [Ps 39:1; Prov 21:23; Jas 1:26]. You are better off saying nothing than saying something foolish. W.A.I.T. (“Why Am I Talking”) before you speak. The less you say, the better.
Praying tongue – Ps 66:17 – “I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.” You can get more done by praying than you can by saying, because God can do more than you can do.
Righteous tongue – Ps 35:28 – “my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long,” [Ps 71:24; 119:172]. Speak things that are right and true. Say things that bring praise and honor to the Lord. Answer as the oracles of God.
Singing tongue – Ps 126:2 – “… and our tongue with singing.” Sing songs to the Lord. They will cheer your heart, they will please the Lord and they will teach and admonish others.
Wise tongue – Prov 12:18 – “the tongue of the wise is health,” [Prov 15:2]. Pray for a wise tongue. Solomon prayed for wisdom and God gave it to him. Get in the Bible and let the Bible get in you. Stand where the Bible stands and say what the Bible says. Say the right thing at the right time.
Wholesome tongue – Prov 15:4 – “a wholesome tongue is a tree of life.” Rather than criticize others and complain to God, find ways to encourage and strengthen others. Discouragement knocks a lot of people out of the race. Encourage them with a wholesome tongue. Give them excellent counsel.
Soft tongue – Prov 25:15 – “a soft tongue breaketh the bone.” People think they need to be demanding and mean to persuade someone who is adamant. But the Bible says that a soft tongue is what is needed. You don’t have to beat them down. Speak softly and let the words of God do the work.
Learned tongue – Is 50:4 – “the Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned.” According to the scholars of their day, the disciples were ignorant and unlearned men. However, because they had been with Jesus they were learned in the same way that Jesus learned by having fellowship with his Father every morning. You don’t need to be a scholar to be learned. You just need to know God and HIS word.
Confessing tongue – Phil 2:11 – “every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” [Rom 14:11]. We need to confess the Lord Jesus Christ before men that others who don’t know him can get to know him.
Conclusion: before you were saved you couldn’t have a good tongue because you had a bad heart. Now that you are saved and your heart is beginning to clean up, you should begin to see the qualities of a good tongue appear in your life. Develop these qualities.