2.6.8 Bewail your Sins of the Tongue

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry

Bewail your Sins of the Tongue and Spiritual Sloth


Our tongue sins.

When words are many, transgression is not lacking; Proverbs 10:19(ESV) nor can a man full of talk be judged right. Job 11:2(ESV)

While the lips of the righteous feed many, Proverbs 10:21(ESV) our lips have poured out folly, Proverbs 15:2(ESV) and known what is perverse. Proverbs 10:32(ESV)

Much corrupt talk has come out of our mouths; that foolish talking and crude joking, which are out of place, Ephesians 5:4(ESV) and little of that which is good and to the use of building up, and which might give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29(ESV)

If people will give account for every careless word they speak, and if by our words we will be justified and by our words we will be condemned, Matthew 12:36-37(ESV) woe to us! For we are lost; for we are of unclean lips and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. Isaiah 6:5(ESV)

What would become of us, if God should make our own tongues turn against us? Psalm 64:8(ESV)


Our spiritual slothfulness and decay.

We have been slothful in zeal for religion and not fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11(ESV)

The things which remain are about to die, and our works have not been found complete in the sight of God. Revelation 3:2(ESV)

We have observed the winds, and therefore have not sown; have regarded the clouds, and therefore have not reaped; Ecclesiastes 11:4(ESV) and with the sluggard have frightened ourselves with the fancy of a lion in the road, a lion in the streets, and have turned on our bed as a door on its hinges, Proverbs 26:13-14(ESV) still crying, “A little sleep, a little slumber.” Proverbs 6:10(ESV)

We have lost our first love, Revelation 2:4(ESV) and what then has become of the blessing we felt? Galatians 4:15(ESV)

Our love has been like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away. Hosea 6:4(ESV)

And that which is at the bottom of all is the evil, unbelieving heart in us, which inclines us to fall away from the living God. Hebrews 3:12(ESV)



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