Just because free speech is protected doesn’t mean all speech is good or helpful or righteous. Your words can get you into trouble, cause a lot of hurt, tear down, discourage, destroy, and turn people away from God. They can also do the exact opposite; heal, build up, encourage, bring life, and point people to God. It’s your choice. The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:20-21). Choose your words wisely.
“Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”Proverbs 18:20-21
Are you prepared to eat your own words? Guess what, you eat your own words every day. The words you speak not only impact those you are talking to, but yourself as well. Your words go down into your soul and enter your heart. When you don’t guard your speech, you are leaving the door to your heart wide open (Psalm 141:3-4). So, consider this the next time you are tempted to let your mouth run or give vent to your complaint. It’s affecting you more than you realize. You just might want to bite your tongue before it sets the whole course of your life on fire (James 3:6). Don’t let it. Choose to speak life instead.
“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.”Psalms 141:3-4
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