Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believes, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to them body us, we can turn the whole animal. Or takes ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider like a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is like a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongues we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can be salt spring produce water.
The power of mouth is very powerful. We have no control over the fact that we sometimes let some negative be said. All of us struggle and have limitations to deal with. Once something is said, we cannot take it back even if we regret it later.
The power of word is used for both positive and negative things. We can either praise the Lord or even curse him. Some forms of negative include crude language, gossip, complaining, lying, negative feedback, and even boasting. Out of all these, gossip is pretty bad. It is extremely destructive, vengeful, and it is mainly caused due to jealously and pride. Whenever someone boasts, that person is thinking what I say is more important than everyone else’s. It can be hard to not speak in negative language and can even be caused due to anger and even impulsiveness. Saying something hurtful can tear someone down and is more powerful than it what it seems.
The positive side of the mouth includes praising God, complaining, encouraging, telling the truth and even restoration and reconciliation. The positive is what should mainly come out of the mouth. We need to think before we speak even when that seems difficult. It does not tear people down like negative words and phrases do. The positive phrases are more helpful in life.