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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:5 great things. The importance of controlling one’s tongue is emphasized in the New Testament. Christians are commanded to keep their speech truthful (Ephesians 4:25), gracious (Ephesians 4:29), serious (Ephesians 5:4), relevant (Colossians 4:6), courageous (I Peter 3:15), corrective (Titus 1:9), always purposeful (Matthew 12:36), and always in the context of a possible testimony for the Lord (II Timothy 4:2). On the other hand, it should never be deceptive, abrasive, trivial, inane, fearful, compromising, idle, or hurtful to our Christian witness in any way.

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