#326 – Guarded Lips

Good morning people who guard their lips

Proverbs 13:3 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

James 1:19-20 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

I have gotten myself into trouble many times simply because I said what I felt in a given moment; I spoke when I should have guarded my lips. To be perfectly honest with you, I have done this far too many times. The truth is every time I do this in the heat of the moment, I speak words I regret; I sin and I hurt those I love.

Our tongue is so powerful. The Bible speaks about its power numerous times and it is so clear on the damage it can, and often does cause. Yet we too quickly forget. We too easily say “I can’t help it!” We too easily make excuses for our words that bring discouragement and even death.

It’s time for us to pay heed to our mouths and to guard our lips more. There’s a progression in James 1 that we should take note of. When we are quick to listen we will be slow to speak. When we are slow to speak we will be slow to become angry. When we do not act in our anger we are able to live the righteous life that God desires.

“Father, help us to live a righteous life; a life that honours You and honours others. I must do better with guarding what comes out of my mouth. I need Your help Lord and I commit to being more disciplined. Again today, I ask that You help me to speak kind words that encourage and bless. Help me to always speak life and not death. In Jesus Name, Amen.