Affirmations for Taming Your Tongue
By Deborah Smith Pegues
The Lying Tongue
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. Prov.12:22
Affirmation: My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. Prov.8:7-8
The Flattery Tongue
These people…flatter others to get favors in return. Jude 1:16
Affirmation: I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man; for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away. Job 32:21-22
The Manipulating Tongue
Then Delilah pouted, How can you say you love me when you don’t confide in me? You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong. Judges 16:15
Affirmation: Because I am in right standing with God, He surrounds me with favor. Therefore, I have no need to manipulate anyone for personal gain or advantage.
The Hasty Tongue
Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Prov.29:20
Affirmation: I am swift to hear and slow to speak. The Lord has set a guard over my mouth and He keeps watch over the door of my lips.
The Divisive Tongue
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matt.5:9
Affirmation: I will make every effort to speak words that engender peace and to refrain from any communication that creates disunity.
The Argumentative Tongue
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling. Prov.20:3
Affirmation: I will resist becoming contentious by respecting everyone’s right to have his own values and views.
The Boasting Tongue
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. Prov.27:2
Affirmation: By the grace of God, I am what I am. 1 Cor.15:10
The Self-Deprecating Tongue
Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant, I am slow of speech and tongue. Exod.4:10
Affirmation: God is able to make all grace abound toward me; so that I always having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work.
The Slandering Tongue
To hide hatred is to be a liar; to slander is to be a fool. Prov.10:18
Affirmation: I refuse to be a slanderer. I will use Phillp.4:8 as my conversation sifter. Therefore, whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy about someone, I comment only on these things.
The Gossiping Tongue
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts. Prov.18:8
Affirmation: I am not a busybody in other people’s matters. Therefore, I do not yield my tongue as an instrument of gossip.
The Meddling Tongue
Some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and wasting time meddling in other people’s business. 2 Thess.3:11
Affirmation: I am genuinely interested in others and only seek information from them that will allow me to serve, love, and support them better.
The Betraying Tongue
A gossip betrays confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret. Prov.11:13
Affirmation: I am a trustworthy person and can be depended upon to keep a confidence.
The Belittling Tongue
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Eph:4:29
Affirmation: No unwholesome talk comes out of my mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
The Cynical Tongue
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. Ps.1:1
Affirmation: I am blessed because I do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly nor stand in the way of sinners nor sit in the seat of the scornful.