Taming The Tongue

Taming the Tongue in the Digital Age "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise." (Proverbs 10:19).

In this age of instant communication and widespread use of social media, our words carry unprecedented weight. The Bible repeatedly warns us about the power of our tongues, emphasizing that the way we speak reflects the state of our hearts. In today's world, where opinions are readily shared online, it's even more crucial to reflect on the impact of our words in our personal interactions and the digital realm.

Proverbs 10:19 reminds us that unrestrained words often lead to transgressions. Our speech can harm others, tarnish reputations, and escalate conflicts. Jesus made this clear in Matthew 5:21–22, teaching that our thoughts and words, even without physical harm, have spiritual consequences. James describes the tongue as a fire that can set ablaze our entire lives (James 3:6). The gravity of our spoken words and those reflected in our posts and tweets, cannot be overstated.

It should be apparent to all that online discussions and posts can quickly turn heated and divisive – often triggered by short, poorly thought-out responses. As Christians, we are called to a higher standard. Matthew 7:1–2 warns that the measure of judgment we use will be used against us. Thus, believers must embrace a generous view of people we may disagree with – and yes friends, this applies even in the realm of politics. Differing views are fine, but misrepresenting opposing positions, whether in person or online, does not align with Christ's teachings.

 James 1:26 emphasizes that unbridled tongues render our faith worthless, highlighting the essential connection between our words and our spiritual integrity.

While I am grateful that technology provides platforms for expressing ideas and opinions widely, the ease of sharing information online is also accompanied by the responsibility to ensure our words are true, edifying, and gracious. Ephesians 4:29 urges us to use our speech to build others up and extend grace. This principle applies to every online interaction, from blogs to social media. Jesus' golden rule, found in Matthew 7:12, reminds us to treat others online as we wish to be treated—applying the Law and the Prophets to our digital lives.

As I said at the outset, ultimately, our words reflect our hearts. As we navigate the digital age, let’s remember the timeless wisdom of Scripture by bridling our tongues and embracing love in our speech. In so doing, we honor God and reflect the light of Christ in a world often consumed by divisive words.

And remember this promise from Jesus in Matthew12:36. “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
Dear Lord, may our words always be pleasing in your sight in our online interactions and personal relationships alike. Help us think before we speak or respond to a post online as we learn to tame our tongues by the power of the Spirit, you have given us. Amen

Credit: Ron Kelley

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