1998-10-09 - Be Careful Little Mouth...
The Virtuous Woman Series, Part 19
Proverbs 31:26 - She openeth her mouth with wisdom: and
in her tongue is law of kindness.
Have you ever been around someone who always seems to have the right thing
to say? Is there someone who, when you need advice, you know that you can
trust their counsel? Is there someone to whom you can turn when the chips
are down and you just need a pick-me-up? Someone who would never speak badly
about anyone else, so you know that your name and reputation is safe?
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious,
and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion
James 3:2-13 For in many things we offend all. If any
man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle
the whole body, Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may
obey us: and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which
though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned
about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so,
the tongue is a little member and boasteth great things. Behold how great
a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is
the tongue among our members: that it defileth the whole body, and setteth
on fire the course of nature: and is set on fire of hell.
For every kind if beasts, and of birds, and of serpents,
and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind. But the
tongue can no man tame: it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father: and therewith
curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same
mouth proceedeth blessin and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not
so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive branches? either a vine, figs?
so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?
let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness and
Our mouths speak who we are inside. Our voices ring with our character. A
tender heart is ready to forgive. A loving mouth speaks kindness. Wisdom
pours from the lips of a heart that seeks God.
Father, I thank You that You are the God of Second Chances.
I thank You that You, in Your Holiness, desire to control my mouth. Father,
forgive my unclean, unkind mouth. Control my tongue, Your Word says that
I can't, You are right, I can't, so I give it to You. Thank You for Your
mercy, thank You for Your grace. Speak through me. Amen