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How to Watch What We Say

Watching what comes out of our mouth to be uplifting and inspiring to those we talk to is a daily challenge. We have the power to speak life or death... what will we choose? With God's help, we can live long, good days if we guard our mouths and season our words with grace. May your prayers with these Scriptures transform your thoughts and your words to glorify God.

(S) “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”

Proverbs 18:21 AMP

(P) You warn us God how powerful our words can be, causing blessing and cursing. May __ be reminded that there are consequences to ___’s words.

(S) “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”

Proverbs 13:3 NIV

(P) Help ___ pay attention to thinking before ___ speaks, guarding what comes out to avoid being ruined by ___’s own words.

(S) “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.”

Proverbs 21:23 NLT

(P) Help ___ watch what I/___ say and learn to be quiet to stay out of trouble Lord.

(S) “For, the one who loves life, wanting to see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”

1 Peter 3:10

(P) May ___ be reminded and helped by You Lord to refrain from saying bad or deceitful things in order to have a good life.

(S) “And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?”

James 3:10-11 NLT

(P) Father, help ___ see that blessing and cursing cannot come out of the same mouth. Silence the wrong talk so that You may be honored.

(S) “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”

Psalms 141:3 AKJV

(P) God, set a guard over ___’s mouth and give no place for wrong talk.

(S) “Stay away from ungodly babbling because it will only lead deeper into a godless lifestyle. 17 Once these empty voices start to speak, Timothy, they infect and spread; and soon the body is consumed with its cancer.”

2 Timothy 2:16-17a VOICE

(P) God, help ___ stay clear of gossip and useless talk that leads to a bad lifestyle. Keep ___’s ears from hearing and giving in to this stronghold.

(S) “Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth.”

Psalm 34:13 MSG

(P) God, guard ___’s mouth from profanity and speaking lies and gossip.

(S) “I said, “I will take heed of my ways so that I do not sin with my tongue; I will keep my mouth muzzled while the wicked are before me.””

Psalms 39:1MEV

(P) May ___ make a proclamation to watch ___’s mouth and keep it quiet when unbelievers are near.

(S) “Listen, for I will speak great things. What is right will come from my lips. 7 For my mouth will speak the truth. My lips hate wrong-doing. 8 All the words of my mouth are right and good. There is nothing in them that is against the truth.”

Proverbs 8:6-8 NLV

(P) God, may ___ declare to speak great things on Your behalf. May ___ do what is right and truthful in what is said. May ___’s lips hate wrong and choose to speak what is right and good to avoid a bad outcome.

(S) “19 The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet. 20 A good person's words are like pure silver; a wicked person's ideas are worthless. 21 A good person's words will benefit many people, but you can kill yourself with stupidity.”

Proverbs 10:19-21GNT

(P) God, I recognize that the more that is spoken, the greater the chances to sin. May ___ be carefully aware, seeking Your wisdom in when to speak and when to be quiet. You value our words when spoken rightly, benefiting many whereas lies, gossip and deceit will destroy ___ if not avoided. Help ___.

(S) “11 Through the blessing of the righteous a city is built up, but what the wicked say tears it down. 12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but the discerning man controls his comments. 13 Whoever spreads gossip betrays secrets, but the trustworthy person keeps a confidence.”

Proverbs 11:11-13 ISV

(P) God, You bless a city because of a righteous person but the wicked can tear it down. May ___ grasp the importance You place in speaking well of ___’s neighbors verses cutting them down and speaking lies. Help ___ rise about peers bad behavior and be recognized as one who can be entrusted with a confidence to honor your name.

(S) “Kind words are good medicine, but deceitful words can really hurt.”

Proverbs 15:4 CEV

(P) Remind ___ of the power of kind words that can bring healing to a person and lies can rip someone up. Help ___ choose good words or silence.

(S) “29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:29-32 NLT

(P) Help ___ avoid foul and abusive language. Lord, may ___ see the value in speaking only things that are good and helpful, encouraging those around them that hear. Help ___ avoid bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander and any other evil form of behavior that does not please You Father.

(S) “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

Colossians 4:6 NKJV

(P) Help ___ Father to season ___’s words with grace so that whatever is spoken to ___, I/they are in the right mind set in order to answer wisely.

(S) “ My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry.”

James 1:19 CEV

(P) Help remind ___ to be choose to listen quicker than speaking and avoid getting angry.

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