A clear path for responding to God's Word, and living it out.

Proverbs 15:28
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Proverbs 17:9
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:27-28
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 21:23
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Proverbs 26:20
For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

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

Psalm 141:3
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

James 1:19-26
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;  for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.  Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Hebrews 10:23-25
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
1. 1 Jn. 1:9 - if we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Use your words to honesty, specially, and thoroughly confess the words you have used and the way you have used them.

2. Use your words to apologize to those who have been hurt by your words.

3. As you speak evaluate your tone, keep a record of the words you speak and identify patterns that need to change.

4. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and stop talking when He whispers shhhhhh.

5. Give permission to a few people that you really trust to honestly point out your verbal failures and then allow them to hold you accountable
God, Help me to live fully aware of the fact that you know the words that I speak and the motives behind the words that I speak. You hear my words that cut like a knife, that manipulate, that belittle, that discourage, and that give voice to my doubt. God help me to know the importance and the power of my words. Holy Spirit change my vocabulary. Create in me a desire to speak words of gratitude, encouragement and wisdom. May those around me hear the difference and know that You are at work in my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.