Affirmations for Taming Your Tongue
By Deborah Smith Pegues
The Know-It-All Tongue
A prudent man conceals knowledge. Prov.12:23
Affirmation: I am prudent and therefore I do not flaunt my knowledge.
The Harsh Tongue
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.Prov.15:1
Affirmation: I open my mouth with wisdom. The law of kindness is on my tongue.
The Tactless Tongue
Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone. Col.4:6
Affirmation: My words are seasoned with grace as I speak the truth in love.
The Intimidating Tongue
The Philistines said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. 1 Sam.14:44
Affirmation: Because God is in control of every aspect of my life and has set my destiny, I have no need to control the behavior of others.
The Rude Tongue
There will be a highway called the Holy Road. No one rude or rebellious is permitted on this road. It’s for God’s people exclusively. Isa.35:8
Affirmation: I will slow down and take the time to do unto others as I would have them do unto me.
The Judgmental Tongue
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged. Matt.7:1-2
Affirmation: I do not judge others or I too will be judged. For in the same way that I judge, I will be judged.
The Self-Absorbed Tongue
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philp.2:4
Affirmation: I look not only to my own interests, but to the interest of others. Therefore, my issues are not the primary topic of my conversation.
The Cursing Tongue
Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:10
Affirmation: Cursing does not proceed out of my mouth. Today I give God full charge of my tongue. By His grace I will only speak words that will bring honor to His name.
The Complaining Tongue
I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. Ps.142:1-2
Affirmation: Because God works all things together for my good, according to His purpose for my life, I will not complain.
The Retaliating Tongue
Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants us to do, and He will bless you for it. 1 Pet.3:9
Affirmation: I will not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this I have been called so that I may inherit a blessing.
The Accusing Tongue
The accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. Rev.12:10
Affirmation: With God’s help, today I will tune my ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding. I will cry out for insight and understanding. I will search for them as I would for lost money or hidden treasure.
The Discouraging Tongue
When they were discouraged, I smiled at them. My look of approval was precious to them. Job 29:24
Affirmation: Worry weighs a person down; but my encouraging words will cheer him up.
The Doubting Tongue
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23
Affirmation: Anything is possible for me if I believe. Therefore, I will declare my faith rather than discuss my doubts.
The Loquacious Tongue
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
Affirmation: When my words are many, sin is not absent, but when I hold my tongue, I am considered wise.
The Indiscreet Tongue
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Prov.2:11
Affirmation: My discretion will protect me and understanding will guard me.
The Silent Tongue
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to be silent and a time to speak. Eccl.3:1,7
Affirmations: I will not keep silent when I should be speaking.