Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies. Psalm 34:12-13
This is very sound advice that no one can dispute. If it’s so sound and wise, though, why do we need to be reminded of it? Because it’s difficult. Like it or not, we take on some of the influences of our culture: the language, the attitudes, and thought processes. The change is subtle day to day, but very evident after you leave the country and return weeks or months later. What you would never watch on television even two years ago is now blaring across your screen now.
But these verses talk about the tongue. The Bible teaches us that “the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them” Matthew 15:18. Our goal, then, is to be careful what goes into our hearts so that what comes out is good and wholesome.