March 29, Mouth Guard

Today’s reading: Psalms 141-145

“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
 keep watch over the door of my lips.” - Psalm 141:3

The Bible has a lot to say about the words that come out of your mouth. Just put those words in any Bible search site and you will see what I mean. In the New Testament, James specifically addressed the problems that your mouth can cause:

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 (James 3:5-6).

Are you using your mouth to build others up or tear them down? Is your mouth getting you into trouble or opening doors of opportunity? Do you find yourself thinking of something to say, not saying it and being glad after you didn’t? If so, then God has helped you set a guard over your mouth.