Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3
One thing that people know how to do is talk. Talk is very easy to do and nearly anything and everything can be said. Talk has been around since man was first made.
In today’s society the ability to talk has increased to much more than just straight words out of the physical mouth. Words can be typed into a chat or someone online social media. Regardless of how they are spoken or written, once out, they are out for eternity, good or bad.
Words that are spoken are often remembered for a long time. Words spoken can help or hurt a person. Many people have gone through troubles because of words spoken many years before. In free societies, people love the freedom to speak, but speaking can cause trouble.
David asked God to guard his mouth and what he says. He wanted to be careful about the words that he spoke.
Most people in the world really don’t care what their words may do or not do, they just want the freedom to say what they are thinking, when and how they want to say it. They do not look at the consequences of their words. This then shows up in rudeness, lies, gossip, and much more. Words that hurt.
Believers can run into the same problems. There are many who gossip on a regular basis inside the church, pretending it is concern. Lies about many things are said. Words cutting down and condemning others are spoken on a regular basis.
These are all words that should not come out of the mouth of a believer. Every believer is to build up and encourage other people, both believers and non-believers. The only way this can happen is by putting a guard over the mouth, being careful about what is spoken.
Take some time to think about what are some words that you speak in both public and in private. What do the words you speak say? Are they building other people up? Or are they cutting other down? Do they bring glory and honor to God? Or do your words bring dishonor to God?
The old saying goes, ‘think before you speak’ is something every believer should keep. Allow God to guard what you say. Let the words you speak be the words of God. What would Jesus say, then say it.
I pray today that you will allow God to guard your mouth; that your words will bring glory to God; that your words will point people to God; and that your words will build people up on Jesus.