DID I SAY THAT??
For those of you old enough to remember the TV show Family Matters with a character named Steve Erkel he used to say "Did I do that?" Well I could say to myself all the time, "Did I say that?" Open mouth insert foot.The mouth seems to be the area in the Bible where there are the most verses to help us try to deal with our out of control mouth, especially in Proverbs. Maybe allot of you have mastered not opening your mouth and saying wrong things but I sure have not. We can train ourselves to not just open up our mouth and blurt things out. In this electronic era the mouthpiece could be the email we type up and hurriedly send off without thinking.
Now some of you reading this may say, "I sure know someone who needs to read this." Well newsflash, the Holy Spirit has to do the conviction ,not us! Just keep praying.(Luke 18:1).Ephesians 4:29 says "Do not let ANY unwholesome words come out of your mouth BUT only those that are helpful." Back into the book of James which contains the infamous "Danger of the Tongue" chapter (James 3) is a verse in Chapter 1 verse 19 which reads,"Everyone should be quick to listen,slow to speak and slow to become angry." This would be a powerful verse to put on the bottom of a wedding card when you give a gift. My oh my if only we could seriously practice this. Our human side wants to win and wants to lash back. God wants us to remain peaceful and not always get the last word. As a friend in Iowa used to say to me,'Blow it off' !
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.(Proverbs 10:19). One final note is in the Bible it says we will have to account for every word we have ever uttered.(Matthew12:37). Do you blurt things out? Do you hurt people with your words? Do you gossip? Do you tell 'white lies' which are still lies? Today make it a day to purpose in your heart to be careful about what you say.
PRAYER: Lord God it is so easy to just talk and not think about what we are saying. Help us Lord to be more like you in all that we say and all that we do. In Jesus name, amen!