We can walk in greater peace if we will stop talking in a negative fashion. Often times people say destructive words such as, "This is driving me crazy," or "I think I'm losing my mind!"  

As we say negative words, we open ourselves to trouble. James 3:2 says we can control our whole body if we will not offend in word. We need to understand the speech center is located in the brain and the brain sends out our words to every nerve in our body.

Please meditate on the following verses concerning the words of your mouth...

Proverbs 10:11, 32 - "The mouth of the righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked."

Proverbs 12:13,14,18,22 "The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. There is that speaketh like the piercing of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight."

The Bible emphasizes there are many things we can do to keep our spiritual and mental sanity. We are told "presumption" brings strife; when the scorner is put out, the strife ceases. When negative talking stops, the strife always ceases (Proverbs 13:10, Proverbs 26:20).

If we don't know how to control our thinking we begin to suspect that someone is doing something behind our backs. Do we believe a friend meant something evil towards us when they really didn't? Often times, parents presume their children are getting into trouble when they aren't.

I remind you of a powerful, liberating verse in 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." If we train ourselves to recognize where fear comes from, then we will be able to cast fear aside through the name of Jesus Christ. We can begin to confess (say) that God has given us love, power, and a sound mind.

The Word of God says we can have good mental health if we follow the principles the Lord gave for our well-being. We must heed the words of Christ:

*  "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men" (Romans 12:18).

*  "Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).

*  "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath" (Ephesians 4:26).

*  "Neither give place to the devil" (Ephesians 4:27).

*  "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers" (Ephesians 4:29).

*  "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice" (Ephesians 4:31).

*  "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32).

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