30 truths to tame your tongue, temper & intolerance

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control. ~Galatians 5:22

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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  • Luv101

    Love, love, loved this post! Wow!! This was such a blessing to me to have all of these scriptures on the tongue which was on my heart to study. It is a triple blessing to have include the temper and intolerance. It was no accident that I found your valuable website. Thank you for shining a light on the Word to light our path in this ever changing world!

  • Tami Heim

    Bless you for coming by and joining in the conversation. We are grateful to have you SHINE ON with us.

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  • Vernita2004

    I like this too.

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  • Cero

    I am working on it, but I continue to need help with my tongue and my thoughts which tend to go immediately to the negative.

  • Mrchicken

    Two and nine under tolerance are the same.

  • Jack

    It’s not the truth you know that set’s you free but the truth that knows you .

  • http://www.lagosmums.com/ Lagosmums

    this is a wonderful post and i love the quoting of the relevant scripture passages. The bible is truly the only source of instruction needed.

  • Melaniebabar07

    This verses is finally found. Im v quick in temper anger. And unforgiveness.

  • http://twitter.com/chnorton1 Charles Norton

    Every post is timeless. They never get old and always apply to my life. Thank you for being faithful to teach us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanuel.michael.9 Amanuel Michael

    God bless u more and more

  • kingdomchild<3

    I too was looking for verses on controlling my tongue when I found this website. It truly is a blessing, and exactly what I needed! Thank you! God is using you to speak to me! :)

  • John Cook

    I’m a Christian, and I do follow some of the truths set by the character Jesus, in that ancient book called the Bible. I dislike the fable that has been adopted by many Christians–that the concept of some God being responsible is accurate. i sincerely doubt it, as any rational thinking will reveal that there may have been up to a million different gods created by humans. So why is it we are so adamant in continuing the strange rationalization that there actually is a real god? And why are good Christians so convinced when all the factual data says otherwise? What is the problem with being a Christian without the that highly unlikely god concept?

    Please allow me to explain. The reality behind a factual god is very difficult to believe based on what has been turning up as people become more worldly, and as science advances. Anthropologists and religious scholars have identified 3,700 gods in RECORDED history. That means they have manuscripts, stone tablets, artifacts in writing recording 3,700 different Gods. It is generally agreed that true writing of language was invented by the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia 3200 BCE. Additionally, concepts of different gods have been surmised as somewhere between 62,000 (a reasonably verifiable number) to as many as a million different gods throughout history. Any person not hypnotized by fears and promises their church and their religion claims can comprehend what I am about to say.

    If you still have the ability to be a logical person, it is not difficult to see how man is responsible for the invention of religion. A million different gods? Or even 62,000 gods? Either figure creates the highly logical premise that man creates gods in his own image, not the other way around. Thus the possibility of the Christian god being even remotely factual is so remote as to be laughable when people say they believe. The closer truth is that they are frightened and need something to hang on to.

    I agree. I do too. I need the concept of Jesus, but I’m hardly so baffled by big religion that I am blinded. The possibility of the Christian god being a reality is not just unlikely, it is virtually impossible given the odds. Seriously, why not worship the Islamic god Allah, or any of the Greek Gods. Why not Mithra, Jupiter, Thor, Odin, or any one of the many known gods. The reason we don’t is because most of us were born in the 20th or 21st century, and in America, or we immigrated, and we feel the necessity to be like everyone else. As most in America are Christians, what do we become, what do be want to believe? Obviously, Christianity. That’s how we chose this god–not because we have ever thought about it, but because people blindly accept!

    Sad that that is so verifiable the world over. So what can be so wrong with finally understanding that we are Christians because everyone else is, not because any one god stands a chance of being real. Americans are no different than people everywhere. We follow like sheep. A few can realize the reality in what my research has revealed, and we are ready to get real too and we hope to keep Christian ideals without the Christian brainwashing a big money church likes to keep in place because it continues to benefit them.

    Like it or not we face a firm reality. Religion will someday die. Our history tells us that religions don’t last. People change, times change, and the fears of the world are altered by continuing investigation by people who must pass very rigorous standards of proof to remain credible. In this, the century of knowledge, technology, and information, we can see Christianity changing. Do you realize that there are now 43,000 different denominations of Christianity? That is up from 38,000 only three years ago. Don’t believe me, look it up. I found it in the Christian Ministries publication where they summed up the year end events.

    That means even Christians cannot come to terms with what the Bible says. Easily understood as there is something for every interpretation within those covers. Everything from the most horrid acts imaginable, the hatred of women, making women subservient to men, mass killing of men, women, children, burning living animals because god likes the smell. It’s not just weird, but it sends messages that websites and ministers don’t reveal. Yes, it does include Yahweh, the very nasty god-of-war from the old testament, which Jesus is reported as agreeing counts as much as the new testament.

    So where does this leave us Christians? Confused, separated, and obviously split in our belief system.

    My solution? Why don’t we make an effort to get beyond the hypnotism that belief has created and realize that the bible is ancient and not completely reliable–and change it. The good words of Jesus are all we need. Real or not, the bible has some valuable lessons for life. It gives us something to hang on to, but hanging on to beliefs that were manufactured my ancient frightened people is craziness. All that provides is a head filled with nonsense, blind beliefs, old tales of superstition, and that brainwashing that the church has been providing for hundreds of years making us think that supernatural beings exist while covering realities as I have provided. Realities that are clear only to the atheists. Why can’t those of us who are intelligent Christians see those and not lose faith in the good a fictional character brought in a fictional book–and remain good Christians regardless of the truth?

    I certainly intend to. Christianity has so much good without the fables I am ready to adopt to the new Christian System and quit saying “beliefs” as that implies a faith in what is clearly impossible. That makes me feel complete. That gives me reality to hang onto. That makes me feel like I belong, and that is good.

    It’s certainly time for those of who can still be rational to prove it and stand for a really united Christianity. No beliefs, just facts and goodness. Christians using selected words of Jesus (as a fictional character) and vowing to follow the creed of reality, not the questionable act of always having to cherry-pick the bible.

    It’s time for cherry-picking to end for us.

    I am a retired behavioral scientist, a former Christian minister, and I finally broke free of the churches greed driven needs to have my head soaked in things unreal and fears that keep me tithing heavily. I refuse to follow the demands of big religion as I know it to be a money driven organization, not a spiritual uplifting. We can get that from the New Christen System by sharing that goodness when others display an interest. This demand to spread our religion was something needed to make a big, powerful tribe in days long past when the world held many dangers. That is not at all the same today, and Christians demanding other share the idiocy we have been told to accept as fact will soon come to an end. My preference is to give Christianity a new beginning–this time based in fact.

    Thank you.

    Please consider this.

  • djwright9

    this is amazing, i never knew there were so many scriptures on the tongue .iam preparing to teach a class on the tongue. this will be very helpful. thanks so much and God blesst

  • Augustine7

    I know this post is old, but so is your bad logic. Let me see if I understand your argument, “Because there are lots of gods, none of them exist.” Is that really the argument you want to spread around with your name attached to it? I actually teach Logic for a living and that is not a logical argument. You can’t disprove the existence of something by saying there are lots of fake ones. That is like saying that because there is counterfeit money, no real money can exist. Come up with something better than that if you want to talk people out of going to heaven. Here is your other one, “Christians disagree (denominations, interpretations, etc.) therefore God can’t exist.” People disagreeing about something doesn’t affect its ability to exist.

    Go to your atheist websites if you want people to fawn over your arguments against Christianity. You won’t convert people to atheism with these arguments.


  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing these verses. We need to actually get keeping them! I really, really struggle with controlling my angry temper and my tongue. We have victory over all in Christ! Jesus even died to save me from my tongue.

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  • AkaChukwu

    I am so grateful for whoever that put up this post. Was just looking for guideline on taming of tongue since I am to minister somewhere. And I came across this. God bless you so much for this inspiration

  • Thelma Dunmon

    This is a good post I needed to here this