“Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.”
The Lord puts a premium on what we say. James warns us, “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. – The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” David makes a list of the qualities of a holy life and includes speaking the truth, refusing gossip and not speaking evil of others. It is so easy to let what we say get out of hand. We say Jesus is the “Lord of our life.” Jesus would ask, “Am I the Lord of your tongue?” Today, give God control of your words. Make a conscious effort to weigh what you say in order to honor Him. James said it best when he wrote “be quick to listen and slow to speak.”
Lord, I give You control of my tongue. Please help me guard my mouth today. Help me be quick to listen to others and slow to speak. Help me weigh carefully everything I say that I may be a testimony of Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name.
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