“The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness” (Proverbs 15:2).

You can read what the power of the tongue is and the knowledge you gain through it can be read in the book of Proverbs. The importance of tongue is discussed in detail in this book.

Once, Sadhu Sunder Singh met a saint who maintained silence. When Sadhu Sunder Singh began to talk to him, the saint refrained from speaking but wrote in a paper "I have not talked to anyone in the past six years" and showed it to Sadhu Sunder Singh. Sadhu Sunder Singh continued to talk to him and said, "Sir, is it not a grace of God to possess the ability to speak? Why should you waste it? Why don't you use it to sing, thank and praise God? Why don't you console others by speaking words of comfort?”

The saint again wrote his reply and it said, "I am unable to speak good things. Since it will be better to keep silent rather than speaking something evil, I decided to keep quiet. Yet, I am unable to achieve mental peace and happiness."

The tongue is an important organ. It has no bones and it can turn all around. Tongue is used both for creative and destructive things. It is the tongue which reveals one’s thought to others.

To change the direction of a car, people turn the steering. There is the handlebar for turning a cycle, a rudder for a ship and a bridle for a horse but with what a man's life could be turned?

Jacob, the Apostle writes, “Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so, the tongue is a little member and boasts great things” (James 3:4, 5). It is the tongue which turns a man's life.

When God fills a man with the Holy Spirit, the first thing which God touches is his tongue. When Isaiah the prophet was anointed by God, the first thing for God to do was to touch his mouth with a live coal taken from the altar (Isaiah 6:7).

Many people remain as sufferers in life for the reason that they keep on speaking words of defeat, sorrows, words of fear and words of helplessness. That is why God willed to fill them with the Holy Spirit and take control of the tongue. Dear children of God, when the Holy Spirit is being poured in the heart, speaking in tongue begins. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).

To meditate: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).