“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips.” Psalms 141 vs 3
Have you ever found yourself talking excessively? I am sure most of us have been there many times. Even if you are a public speaker, there are times when you must take a break so you can rest your voice and rejuvenate. So, there is really no excuse to be talking all the time. The Bible spoke about the tongue in James chapter 1 vs 3 saying, “if any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
Why is it so important to bridle your tongue? Almost all of James chapter 3 speaks to this. “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” (James 3 vs 2). Glory be to God, a talkative person will eventually offend his brethren. Proverbs chapter 11 vs 9 says a hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbor. The mouth is so powerful that it can overthrow a city (Proverbs 11 vs 11). When you talk too much, you are on your way to becoming a talebearer, a gossiper who will cause division everywhere you go. A talebearer cannot be trusted with important information, they reveal secrets (Proverbs 11 vs 13), and will eventually be rejected by others.
James chapter 3 continues by saying, “Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us, and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is like fire, a world of iniquity, so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell.” (James 3 vs 3-6).
We cannot tame the tongue because it was created to talk, but by God’s grace we can control what we say. If you find yourself involved in every conversation, then it is time to ask God to keep the door of your lips (Psalms 141 vs 3). It is time to evaluate yourself before you say something to offend others. In the United State we have the 1st amendment which includes freedom of speech. How will you use your freedom? Will you use it to build up or to tear down? As Christians, our words are even more powerful, because God has not only given us the power in our tongue to speak life or death (Proverbs 18 vs 21), but he also gave us the anointing to speak things into existence. Be wise today and speak life.
Let us pray. Lord I repent of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord I have fallen short of controlling my tongue. I have been involved in conversations that did not bring you glory. Please help me to only speak words that will edify and bless others in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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