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Ten Verses to Help You Watch Your Words

Don't say something permanently painful because you are temporarily ticked off.
By Karen Ehman


Editor’s Note: On the July 1, 2016, FamilyLife Today® broadcast, host Dennis Rainey and co-host Bob Lepine interviewed Karen Ehman, a Proverbs 31 Ministries author and speaker. Karen said it's important to not say something permanently painful because you are temporarily ticked off.

Bob referred to a list of Bible verses on page 75 of Karen's book Keep It Shut. We've provided this list for you and hope that it, in addition to the broadcast, will serve you and your family well.

Here are ten fabulous verses to keep in mind—or to cement in mind by memorizing them—that can help you watch your words so they don't do damage to others, to yourself, or to God.

  • Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips. (Ecclesiastes 10:12)

  • Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. (1 Peter 3:10)

  • Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (James 1:26)

  • May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

  • Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6)

  • Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. (Ecclesiastes 5:6)

  • Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)

  • 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)

  • Before a word is on my tongue, you, LORD, know it completely. (Psalm 139:4)

  • Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. (Psalm 17:3)

Taken from Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman. Copyright © 2015 by Karen Ehman. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.



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