I remember hearing this greek-mythology-allegory this in a Jentezen Franklin sermon: There were two demons. One was a master. The other was a slave. The master was extremely hungry one day and so he sent the slave demon to go into the four corners of the world, and find the most despicable and terrible tasting thing in all creation to be eaten. The slave went out and searched far and wide, and came back with a tongue. A human tongue. Once his hunger was satisfied, the master demon remarked, “I would like to have dessert! Go into the four corners of the earth and find the sweetest thing in all of creation for my consumption.” The slave went into the earth and searched far and wide and came back again, with a man’s tongue.
There are many verses in the Bible which speak on the human tongue. Proverbs 12:28 says that the tongue of the wise “brings healing“. My grandmother used to keep telling us that “there is a reason why when you go to the doctor, he checks your tongue first”.
“If anyone considers himself religious, and does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, they deceive themselves and all of their religion is worthless” (James 1:26). The control of the tongue is the defining mark of a christian. Our entire “religion” is useless if we do not have a control over our tongues.
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it- we curse human beings who have been made in God’s image. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both freshwater and brine flow from the same spring? Or can fig tree bear olives, or a grape vine bear a fig?” (James 3:9-12)
Colossians 4:6 speaks of how our speech must always be full of grace, seasoned with salt. Although there are many analogies for the word “salt” and parallel bible concordances, this is my opinion on the matter: Back in the old testament days, salt was very expensive. It was used in barter trade. So when James said “seasoned with salt”, I believe he asked us to weigh our words, and be careful with our speech like how we are with money. Secondly, when people used to sacrifice burnt offerings to God in the Old testament, salt was always sprinkled on the burnt offering. The reason for this was that salt was a preservative. It signified that the person who made a sacrifice was not flirting with God. When salt was added to an offering, it meant that the man who reconciled with God was in there for the long haul.
I remember having a conversation with a girl in our church once. She told me of how she wore an old dress to church. She was planning to dispose the dress the next day and never wear it again. However, while she was at church, the dress accidentally ripped open. Immediately she ran to a spot of seclusion and the women of the church came to her rescue and surrounded her to cover her exposed leg, with pins, clips and other necessary equipment to help her hide the tear.
It would be just awesome if as Christians, we can do that with our words. Imagine a world where we can cover up our friends’ nakedness and not spread gossip. That is what would make a difference. We can preach and write and say a hundred things. But the world will only pause when it sees an example. Our opinions and lofty thoughts are worthless!
Here are a few other verses that ran on top of my head. We can all connect these dots !
1 Peter 4:8: ABOVE ALL, LOVE each other DEEPLY. Because LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS.
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)
1 Peter 4:11: If anyone SPEAKS, they should do so as ONE WHO SPEAKS THE VERY WORDS OF GOD.
1 Corinthians: 13: 5: LOVE DOES NOT DISHONOR OTHERS.
1 Corinthians: 13:7 LOVE ALWAYS PROTECTS.
Let us love! With our heart. And with our speech:)