The Grace Filled Tongue What is the most powerful weapon of all? Guns? Bombs? Nuclear arms? No – it is the human tongue. Power for tremendous good – or evil. We must closely guard our tongues. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. One misuse of the tongue is through lying, deception and deceit Psalm 52:4 -- You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue! "Beware of your friends; do not trust your brothers. For every brother is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer. 5 Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. 6 You [b] live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Romans 16:18 -- For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Psalm 10:7 -- His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. Psalm 34:13 -- keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.10:7 -- His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.10:7 -- His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. Ephesians 4:29 -- 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. LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? 2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart 3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, . It is up to each of us to control our tongues If our tongues can be trained to be wicked, they can be trained to be righteous. If they can be taught to flatter, they can be taught to give genuine encouragement. It they can be taught to curse, they can be taught to bless.