Thought for the Day #121
Proverbs 13:3 (New American Standard Bible)
“The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”
Many Christians give great effort to abide by the covenants and statutes of God.
The Ten Commandments are the very foundation of daily life. We are very careful to walk uprightly before men. We honor and respect God and family. Our desire to love as we are commanded is carefully exercised. God is first. Family is second, etc. Murder is not an option. Morality is a must. We seem to have everything in order.
But, oh, how we talk! The tongue is always getting us into trouble!
The tongue is the most difficult member of our body to control. It is used to hurt, maim and cripple. It is an instrument of deceit and destruction. Gossip and cursing come forth from it. Betrayal and dishonesty are its constant companion. Anger is unleashed. Bitterness and jealousy are spouted forth with malicious vengeance. Careless outbursts reveal anger and malice.
Words once uttered can never be retracted. We can’t take them back. We may express sorrow and repentance for their utterance, but they can not be recalled. Words, once spoken, are forever established. They can bless or they can destroy. How we wish we could learn when and how to speak without the unwholesome rhetoric of careless thought.
Let us use the gift of speech to build and encourage. The secret to a controlled tongue is found in the heart. The scripture says, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. (Luke 6:45) The secret to profitable speech is found in the nature of Jesus, our redeemer. A clean heart will change our talk.
Let us abide in Christ. Let us concentrate on living such a godly life that we might be filled with the love and spirit of Christ. As we take on his righteousness, we can speak words of blessing. The character of Jesus will be seen in us. Words that comfort and encourage will flow like living water from our lips. Solid integrity will be revealed, as our word becomes our bond and covenant. Others will be blessed. We will be rewarded! God will be glorified!
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord, My rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalms 19:14)