(Proverbs 21:23 KJV) Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
I tend to think that it is the Holy Spirit’s job to protect my “soul” (5315). It is, but like so many of the principles expressed in the Bible there is a place for our involvement. We are not saved by works, but works are demanded. Our hearts are cleansed by faith but we are expected to put effort into living upright lives. The Holy Spirit lives in us and preserves us, but we are expected to watch our mouths.
Somehow the discipline of shutting our mouths and carefully picking our words helps to keep our inner man strong and growing.
So? Bite your tongue. Count to ten. Breathe deep. Do whatever it takes but go for the stronger soul.