Let me share what I learnt in my devotion.

By Moffat Johnson on October 05, 2019

Published under: Faith

"Six diseases that commonly infect our lives through the misuse of our tongues can, in some cases, be fatal if left unchecked.."

After spending quality time in God's presence, here are some of the lessons that He taught me.


This disease is so common that people accept it as normal when it is not.

When words are many, SIN is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise (Proverbs 10:19).

In other words, if you say too much, you are bound to say something wrong. There is no alternative. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before GOD. Ecclesiastes 5:3, to use too many words is the Mark of a fool.


In Mattew12:36, JESUS say this: "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken."

One day we are going to have to answer for every word we have spoken. We are going to have to answer for words that were idle, insincere,that we did not really mean, that we were not prepared to stand behind, or that were not worked out in our lives (Mattew 5:37).


Do not go about spreading slander among your people (Leviticus 19:16).

Going about spreading slander- idle, unture exaggerated, malicious talk is gossip. Not only must we be careful not to give out gossip, we have a responsibility not to receive gossip also. If you entertain a gossip and listen to their words, you become an accessory to the gossip. This is what GOD says in Psalm 15:1-3.

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels: they go down to a man's inmost parts. (Proverbs 18:8). A gossip betrays a confidence so avoid a man who talks too much (Proverbs 20:19).


we need to be careful that we use the right word to describe this disease of the tongue (Proverbs 6:16-19), the writer tells of SEVEN things that the LORD hates. Hate is a very strong WORD. There are SIX things the LORD hates, SEVEN that are detestable to Him!

Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Proverbs 12:22 states that the LORD detests Lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful. In  John 8:44 every time a lie passes through our lips, it comes from the devil.

One more very important, frightening fact about the disease of LYING is that unless the disease is arrested and healed. It is fatal (Revelation 21:8).


(Psalm 12:1-3) There are people who will speak flattering words but they are not sincere. There is another motive behind it. A flattering mouth works ruin, and whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.


Do you see a man who is hasty in his words, there is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs.29;20).

There is one example in Scripture of a man who was hasty in his words just once and tells of the price it cost him. The man was MOSES. He was told by GOD to go ahead of the children of Israel, speak to a rock, and it will bring forth water. But he was so angry with the children of Israel that he said to them, you rebels must we bring you water out of this rock? Then instead of speaking to the rock, he smote it (Number 20:7-12). That act of disobedience, expressed in HASTY WORDS, cost him the privilege of leading the children of Israel into the promised land. This is described in Psalm 106;32-33..

A provoked spirit causes us to speak unadvisedly with our lips and these hasty words cast us many privileges and blessings. If Moses had to pay that price for that one hasty statement, let us believers beware that we do not also say things hastily which will cost us dearly in the Spiritual realm.

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