What an odd title for a devotion. Well this one has to do with that every present mouth of ours that if not properly checked can get us into trouble we do not want to be in. It is so easy to just jibber jabber and not think of what we are saying. We may not be gossiping per se, but then is what we are saying and to whom we are saying it really necessary? So the size of my foot is the size of my mouth as that is where my foot ends up allot. You know the saying, 'open mouth insert foot?'
I put my foot in my mouth allot. It is so easy to speak or email without thinking what we are saying or how it is going to affect the receiver. The fruit of the Spirit of self control needs to come into play and if words are your weakness then ask the Holy Spirit to help you gain control over what you speak and say. You do not always have to comment on everything or speak what thought comes into your head. Sometimes the thoughts are from the enemy and once they are spoken you have to spend lots of time apologizing and digging yourself out of a hole.
James 3:1-10 has lots to say about our 'tongue' "Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be."
Just be careful what you say because once words are 'out there' they can not be taken back. The childrens' song tells us "Be careful little mouth what you say. Be careful little mouth what you say. For the father up above is looking down below so be careful little mouth what you say."
PRAYER: Father this day help me think before I speak. Help the words I say build up and not tear down. Give me the power to not always be talking and give me self control. In Jesus Name. Amen.