Speech about Prayer by Mother Teresa (St. Teresa of Calcutta)

Taming the Tongue

Dictionary meaning of Tongue – The fleshy, movable, muscular organ, attached in most vertebrates to the floor of the mouth, that is the principal organ of taste, an aid in chewing and swallowing, and, in humans, an important organ of speech.

See the importance of tongue. Tongue can identify taste and force us to eat more or not to eat things which do not we like. Tongue can say good words to make others happy or can say words hurting others. Words from tongue can prove the personality and character of a person, Some words can console others and some can make angry to others. Sometimes a single word can create big quarrel.  Below bible verses warning us how to use the tongue. Let us pray to God to give us strength to produce only good words.

If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. (James1:26)


James 3:1-12

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

Silence and Speech – How to speak with others?

Holy Bible

Stone once thrown can not be taken back and we do not know where will it hit and make damage. Just like that words once said can not be taken back and sometimes it can hurt someone more than you intended to. Therefore it is very important that take a moment to think before speak, no matter your mood. Choose your words wisely or else it can become costly to you.  Are your co-workers better off after having a conversation with you? Is your speech building-up others or pulling them down?

Jesus Christ changes every aspect of your life for the better, and this includes the way you speak to the people you work with. Honouring Christ in every conversation is an altogether more important personal attribute. If you are angry, it’s probably best not to say too much until you cool down. Below are some of the Holy Bible verses about how to use your words.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:45)
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (James 1:19)

For some people the problem is that they do not listen to others or do not give time for others to speak. They are fast in speak, over riding while other speaking, very fast to get angry. Once they get angry, none can control them.

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)

Above verses is very true. Sometimes one word from a person can make other person angry and that angry mood force him to do anything which he does not want or wish to do.  Sometimes even that lead to death of one person.

Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious,
but fools are consumed by their own lips. (Ecclesiastes 10:12)
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues. (Proverbs 17:28)
With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
but through knowledge the righteous escape. (Proverbs 11:9)

Just think about this, how many times your words wounded the neighbour, the co-worker in office, friends, relatives, parents, children? Might have become enemy to neighbour, might have lost the job just because of the wrong words.

It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person. (Matthew 15:11)

This is very true, but we do not understand this. If soft, good words comes out from your mouth, people will say good about you, people will like you. But if you always speak bad words, fight with others, hurt others with your words, then none will like you.

  Silence and Speech

1.There is a rebuke that is untimely,
    and there is the person who is wise enough to keep silent.
How much better it is to rebuke than to fume!
And the one who admits his fault will be kept from failure.
Like a eunuch lusting to violate a girl
    is the person who does right under compulsion.
Some people keep silent and are thought to be wise,
    while others are detested for being talkative.
Some people keep silent because they have nothing to say,
    while others keep silent because they know when to speak.
The wise remain silent until the right moment,
    but a boasting fool misses the right moment.
Whoever talks too much is detested,
    and whoever pretends to authority is hated. (Sirach 20:1-8)

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