30 truths to tame your tongue, temper & intolerance | @stickyJesus

The three things that will likely trip you up more than anything online will likely be your tongue, your temper, and intolerance for other people’s views, tastes, principles, beliefs, and behaviors. Here are 30 biblical truths to help you stay focused and call on heaven in a minute. Keep them handy. Don’t just read them, mediate on them, pray about them and ask God to make them personal and real to your specific situation.

Tongue: What you say will echo throughout eternity, so getting control over your tongue (words) online (and elsewhere) is critical.

  1. And my tongue shall talk of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long. ~ Psalms 35:28
  2. The mouth of the righteous talk of wisdom, And his tongue speaketh justice.
~ Psalms 37:30
  3. My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the daylong. ~ Psalms 71:24.
  4. The tongue of the wise utters knowledge aright; but the mouths of fools pour out folly. ~ Proverbs 15:2
  5. A gentle tongue is a tree of life; but perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit. ~ Proverbs 15:4
  6. Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles. ~ Proverbs 21:23
  7. By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
~ Proverbs 25:15
  8. The north wind brings forth rain: So doth backbiting tongue an angry countenance. ~ Proverbs 25:23
  9. Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile. ~ Psalms 34:13
  10. Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ~ Proverbs 18:21

Temper: If unchecked, your temper will cause you to sin, spark division, and destroy opportunities to love and minister to others.

  1. He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. ~Proverbs 14:29
  2. He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. ~Proverbs 16:32
  3. This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; ~James 1:19
  4. A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back. ~Proverbs 29:11
  5. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~Proverbs 15:1
  6. A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger pacifies contention. ~Proverbs 15:18
  7. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear…~ Ephesians 4:26-32
  8. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control. ~Galatians 5:22
  9. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ~Romans 12:21
  10. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” ~John 12:35

Tolerance: Since the Internet is buzzing with 1.6 million people a day, chances are your level of tolerance will be challenged around every corner. Extend acceptance to those who hold different beliefs than you. Tolerance does not mean you’ve compromised, it simply means you are gracious.

  1. . . bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. ~Colossians 3:13
  2. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” ~John 8:7
  3. And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.” ~Acts 10:28
  4. Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. ~1 Peter 3:8-11
  5. A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” ~Psalm 133:1
  6. With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, ~Ephesians 4:2
  7. But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, ~1 Peter 3:15
  8. I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. ~Revelation 2:2
  9. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” ~John 8:7
  10. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. ~ Luke 14:13-14

What area do you need to work on as you connect with others throughout the day?

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