A mouth is an important physical and spiritual part of the human body. Physically it serves as the main part for ingestion (food intake) and speech. The mouth is spiritually identified as a carrier of life and death. This goes to say that the mouth is no less a part of the human body.
Although, by design, God set the mouth to be a medium through which humans can articulate and enunciate various sounds when speaking or singing. Its usefulness can become either unbearable or disturbing when it turns out to be a ‘loud mouth’
Persons with loud mouths can talk literally more than their minds can process. They are not just talkatives but impatient talkers who easily let out the first thing that comes to mind.
As humans with different character traits, we easily find few persons with loud mouths in churches, schools, neighbourhoods, or even among our circle of friends. Also, persons with loud mouths are usually found to be poor listeners, easily open to gossips, easily open to unhealthy arguments and, easy to make rash decisions.
Today, we will delve into how the Bible surgically addresses the issue of loudmouths and learn how to make use of our mouths such that it utters words that will bless us and our hearers.
Stage 1: Be mindful of your words
Words that go out of the mouth cannot be taken back. In fact, no number of apologies can change the words that come out of the mouth. It goes to say that one must be mindful of the words that come out of his or her mouth.
Jesus said, “the words I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life”. Words have power and must be used with caution. Uncontrolled utterances from loudmouths and improper usage of words leave catastrophic effects. Insults and negative words create deep wounds and may dampen one’s spirit. Therefore, be mindful of the choice of words you use.
Stage 2: Tame your tongue
James makes a vivid illustration of this in James 3:3-6.
“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:3-6 NIV
He likens the relationship between the tongue and the whole body to bits, rudder and fire. One common thing about these three comparisons is that without proper control they can ruin the very thing they were meant to serve. It is crucial to shut up more and widen your ears more. Bible says, “be slow to speak and quick to listen. You don’t always have to talk because you have an idea. Sometimes it is proper to be silent and listen to others. In other words, you are not the only person in the room with a brain, so listen to others.
Stage 3: Ask questions- don’t talk based on assumptions, hearsays and rumours.
Loudmouths hardly process their thoughts thus, the likely foundation of their incessant talking is usually built on assumptions, hearsays and rumours.
Imagine going to court as a lawyer with a wrong case file or with false information from your client. You will look stupid as you display your ignorance before the court. That’s how embarrassing it gets for loudmouths. However, under any given circumstance if you ask the necessary questions you will be informed and make meaningful contributions that will be beneficial to your listeners and in some cases save you from disgrace.
For as long as we are alive, we will have to use our mouths. It is imperative then that we season the words we let out of our mouths and more importantly know when to be silent and when to talk. The results of having a loud mouth are detrimental, even to the point of destroying one’s self. Do your best to tame your tongue, be a good listener and don’t easily make hasty decisions. Remember, life and death are in the power of the tongue so be mindful of how you use your mouth. God bless you.