Psalm 39:1 “I said, ‘I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle while the wicked are in my presence.’”
THROW AWAY THE KEY
Oh wow! How many times have you wanted to do this? You hear or see something and just have to say something, right? But look at God’s Word. If we would take this verse to heart, we would lock our lips and throw away the key. But, nooooo! We like to talk.
Well, look at the last phrase. We are to especially hold our tongue when we are in the presence of unbelievers. We need to be a witness for Christ. We should be different than the world. The unbelievers should be able to see Christ in us with the words we use. Our words should point to Christ, not us.
I bet your children have never tattled on anyone. Lol. Doesn’t that just get to you sometimes? Teaching our kids to guard their tongues is probably one of the hardest things we do. This would be a great verse to share when they do it the next time. How about getting a muzzle and show them how it works? I don’t mean putting it on them (unless you think it will help, lol).
Keep our mouth closed, especially when we have been the victim, is difficult. Just point your kids to Jesus’ example. They ridiculed Him. They falsely accused Him. They spat on Him and crucified Him. Yet, it says He was silent. Wow! That is one of the most amazing things of all to me.
Who has been badmouthing you? Who have you been badmouthing? Why don’t you take a moment right now and confess your evil thoughts towards those who have wronged you? Ask the Lord to guard your lips. Ask the Lord to muzzle you, if necessary.