“A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction” [Proverbs 16:23]
Ouch…or oops…we’ve all been there. Either we have spoken or been spoken to in a way that jabs, scratches or bruises the tender emotions of those around us. David knew his weakness and said,”Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” [Psalm 141:3] Sounds like a wise and healthy prayer to take to heart!
The power of the tongue is so great God confused it and turned it into babbling [Genesis 11]—then in His time birthed His church by infusing it with the Holy Spirit and Life was released. [Acts 2]
Knowing the destruction of the tongue God has given us the power to overcome the urge to be loosed lipped. It is the Holy Spirit that is the guard that stands at the door. Interestingly enough the guards that stand at the door of Buckingham Palace, at the threat of losing their position, say nothing unless commanded by their authorities. Little boys taunt and tease trying to break the law of silence—mostly in vain.
Loose tongues bring more than the threat of lost position—loose tongues maim and murder the soul of man and hearts are wounded on a whim. Be pre-emptive this morning and take ownership of this promise,”I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand…” [Isaiah 51:16a] and pray this prayer.
“Lord be the keeper of my lips today, guard my thoughts and what I say. Let me speak just words of life, be it friend or foe or wife—to heal the sick and lift the lost—to speak kind words what’re the cost.”
Further Reading: Joshua 1:1-9 ~ Psalm 19:14 ~ Matthew 12:33-37
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