Date: April 10, 2022 ()

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We cherish the First Amendment because it protects our freedom of speech, but do not forget that there is a higher law than that of this land -the Bible. God has the right to dictate what we say, how we say it, and when we say it.

We live in an age when most people believed that they are not only entitled to have an opinion but that their opinion must always be shared. There are times that we should bite our tongue. The world would be a better place if everyone followed God's guidelines for speech. Let's learn a little bit about controlling our speech.

Why should you control your speech?

Your speech reveals who you are

Wise or foolish

Proverbs 15:2

Righteous or wicked

Proverbs 15:28

Your speech has the power to hurt or to heal

Proverbs 18:8
Proverbs 12:18

Your speech can damage your testimony

Proverbs 10:19

Your speech has the power to destroy

James 3:6
James 3:8
Proverbs 13:3


Your speech can get you in trouble with God

Proverbs 6:16-19
Matthew 12:36

When should you control your speech?

When you are angry

Proverbs 18:6
James 1:19-20

When you want to hurt someone's feelings

Proverbs 12:18
Romans 12:21
Romans 12:14

When you are tempted to manipulate someone

Proverbs 7:21

When you want to air your problems with others

Proverbs 25:9-10

How can you control your speech?

Think before you speak

Proverbs 15:28


Psalm 141:3

Guard your heart

Proverbs 4:23
Matthew 15:18

Listen to the Holy Spirit

1 Kings 19:12

Replace troublesome words with pleasant words

Proverbs 16:24
Proverbs 31:26
Ephesians 4:29


God is concerned about our speech.  We get ourselves into a lot of trouble when we fail to control what comes out of our mouths. Never forget that what you say reveals what you are.  So, think before you speak, choose your words carefully, and limit what you say.  You have the right to remain silent.  Perhaps you should excercise that right a little more frequently!  Ask God for help, and He will help you do what you cannot naturally do yourself.

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