1 Peter 3:10
"For whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech."NIV
"For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile."KJV
I think we all want to live our lives as contented and comfortable as we can given the cursed world in which we live. One way to do that is to keep our speech pure from being negative toward others. It always happens that we say something not so nice about someone and it somehow always gets back that we were the ones who said it. Now our lives are not so content and comfortable. We have been exposed as gossips, talking bad about other people. Its not only embarrassing and humiliating, but we have just tarnished our Christian testimony and weakened it before the people who know us. Can we see how critical it is to keep our speech pure and Christ-like? If we don't feel we can say something positive about someone, let's just keep silent.
Heavenly Father, forgive us for those times we have let our tongues roll and have spoken words of negativity, hurtful things, private things that demean and embarrass another person. Give us control of our speech so that we might encourage and lift others up and keep silent when we can find nothing good to say. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.