Excerpt: "The Bible makes it clear that the tongue has tremendous power.
James compares it to a rudder, which steers a whole ship. A rudder is only a fraction of the size of the boat it steers. While the rudder may have the power to steer an entire ship, someone is standing at the helm, responsible for the direction of the rudder and ultimately the ship and all the lives on it. We are in control of our tongues, and we are responsible for the direction we turn them."
Wytsma, Ken and Swoboda, A.J., "What is Godly Speech? (Chapter 7 of Redeeming How We Talk: Discover How Communication Fuels Our Growth, Shapes Our Relationships, and Changes Our Lives)" (2018). Faculty Publications - Portland Seminary. 89.