Proverbs 6:2, “You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.” Matthew 12:37 “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Have you ever felt the need to carry a roll of duct tape with you everywhere you go? Not so much for others, but for yourself? I have. Sometimes the need to speak my mind is overwhelming, but instead I should just haul out the tape and put it over my mouth. SERIOUSLY! There is one way too avoid trouble in this area though; KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! Once I turn on the faucet, it’s hard to stop it. I’m aware of the problem and have prayed about the problem, but at some point, I must take control of my tongue and cut it off at the pass.
Trust me, I’m better then I used to be. I shudder to think of the many friends I left wounded and bleeding as I barreled through life. If you’re one of them, I hope you will forgive me! Funny how simply spending time with the Lord and meditating on His Word and ways can make such a significant change in the way I speak. Thinking right thoughts, seeing others the way Jesus sees them, loving them with the same love Jesus did, learning compassion and most of all, showing others the grace that I needed the most.
Let’s not forget the most important key in all of this; allowing the Holy Spirit to sanctify your tongue by praying in your heavenly prayer language. Jude 1:20-21 says, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” So what I read here is that praying in the Holy Spirit (tongues) builds your faith, keeps you in love and helps you be merciful. That’s powerful! I do this ALOT, but I need to do it more!
Father, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. Without Him, we couldn’t understand the deep treasures of your Word. Thank you Holy Spirit, for sanctifying our tongue and giving us discernment so that we may walk in victory over every evil plan of our adversary. Put a watchful guard over our lips so that we might not sin against you today. Most of all, purify our hearts because out of our hearts, our mouth speaks and that’s just where we need change the most. May our heart be a wellspring of praise, blessing you and those that try our patience today. We really do want to reflect your love, so help us to see You when we look at others because You created them and love them. It’s in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen