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Friday, June 23, 2017

Psalm 141:3

 
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Psalm 141:3

I can’t count the number of times my big mouth has gotten me in trouble in my life. Whether it’s a sarcastic remark or a barbed quip at someone’s expense, I’ve had to apologize for much of what I’ve said. No wonder James said in 3:2, For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. He understood how difficult it is to control our mouths.

There are many ways our tongues can get us in trouble. We can gossip about others, we can say something mean-spirited, we can spread false information without having all of the details, or we can brag just to make ourselves look good.

David didn’t want any of this in his life, so he asked the Lord to set a guard over his mouth. Before you say something, you should T.H.I.N.K. Ask yourself if what you’re about to say is true, helpful, inspirational, necessary, and kind. I think if we hold ourselves up to those restrictions, we’re going to be a lot more silent, saving our words for praising the Lord and lifting up others.

Holding my tongue,

Pastor Ron Kitchell

 

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