Psalm 34: 12-13. “Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies”.
When our children were little they sang a song that quoted this verse. I remember our son singing it over and over. The interesting thing is that thirty years later I can still hear that song in my mind. In the song he sang, the one line in it said: “be sure that what you say is kind in every way, you've got to keep your tongue from evil!”
James says the tongue is full of evil and is a fire that corrupts the body and is set on fire by hell! He goes on to say that it is a relentless evil, full of deadly poison. It's no wonder that we are told to keep our tongues from evil. Jesus addresses this issues by telling us that it is not what goes into a person that defile but what come out of the mouth. I have been on the defiling end of a tongue or two as I am sure you have. The problem is that words have power. They have the ability to give encouragement, bring comfort as well as edify. On the other hand they can leave you feeling violated, discouraged and wounded.
We need to be active in praying for a guard watch over our mouths. After all, who doesn't love life and desire to see many good days! This is a promise for those who practice kindness and grace when speaking. Paul puts it this way in Colossians 4:6: “Let your conversation be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone”.
Prayer: “Father I ask you to place a guard over my mouth. I ask that You would enable me to speak with grace. Season my conversation that my speech would be pleasing to you, in Jesus name. Amen!”