Some of our moms and grandmothers had some things to say about the tongue. My mother was pretty smart when it came to the tongue. She sprinkled her daily conversation with wise sayings like, "Keep your tongue between your teeth" and "Think twice before you speak once". The Scottish people have some proverbs, too: "Keep your tongue a prisoner and your body will go free" and "A long tongue shortens friendships". My mother would also tell us, "Remember, one day you'll answer to God for every word you say".
Matthew 12:35-37 says "A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned."
How often we need to remember that old saying: We cannot call back the arrow we've shot into the air, the water under the bridge, or the spoken word.
A Rolling Story
A rolling stone gathers no moss, but a rolling story gathers something fresh every time we say it. Every time we repeat it, something is added and something is taken away until it's nothing like the truth.
Some little bit of gossip starts with a whisper, then it swells and becomes a tumult, and somebody's left heartbroken.
Do you wonder that Proverbs 10:19 says, "When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise"?
"God, come close. Come quickly! Open your ears - it's my voice you're hearing! Treat my prayer as sweet incense rising; my raised hands are my evening prayers. Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips. Don't let me so much as dream of evil or thoughtlessly fall into bad company. And these people who only do wrong - don't let them lure me with their sweet talk!" Psalms 141:1-4