Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23
Freedom to speak is the desire and love of many people. In some places people are allowed to speak freely in whatever way they desire, while in other places people are severely restricted on what they can talk about.
The freedom to speak freely is a double-edge sword. It can be good to be able to say what is needed without fear of being reprimanded. However, many times people talk too much, too fast. Things are often said that only bring about trouble.
Speaking today has become even easier than in the past. Not only can a person be heard by those physically near by, but he can also be heard by millions around the world using online social media. This can also happen within just a few seconds, rather than days or months.
Solomon gives advice to a person who speaks. He should guard his mouth with what he says. This prevents tragedy from occurring.
It is common to hear a person suddenly say something in the heat of the moment that is hateful or harmful to himself or to others. Responses to online comments are often sharp and painful.
Many are having their dreams destroyed because of something that was stated online years before. They did not put a guard over their mouths and are now paying for it. Often society does not care if the person ever changed or not, it is just that it was said and was wrong.
Believers are also known for saying things quickly in the heat of the moment, casting harsh judgement before hearing the full story. Instead of being slow to speak and quick to listen, they are slow to listen and quick to speak in judgement of others.
Speaking like this is often selfish and brings about trouble and hatred with no love. Believers should always speak out of love and truth.
Every day you will have hundreds of opportunities to speak. Before you speak, slow down and consider what you will say, put a guard over your mouth.
Ask yourself if what you are going to say is going to build up or destroy, it is going to be the truth or a lie.
Once you speak, your words are out there and cannot be returned. However, they will return to reward you or destroy you.
Are you speaking the words of God or of self? Put a guard over your words and speak His words.
I pray today that God will help you guard your mouth; that you will only speak the words of truth and love; that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit in what you say; and that your words will point people to God rather than destroy them.