Just like our canine friends sit at the gate waiting to be let out, our words also anticipate the opening of our mouths so they can get out. These words can either be positive or negative. Warm and sweet or vicious and nasty. A force for good or a force for evil. The temptation to speak contrary to what God says can be so strong that we can tell ourselves, “I just got to say this! I can’t help it!” The problem is, we can help it. Our mouth is a gate and our mind controls what comes out of it. If a dog owner mistakenly purchased a weak gate that the dogs can easily get through, they would go and purchase a stronger gate. While you very well can purchase a stronger mouth and lips through plastic surgery, you can’t purchase a stronger mind that controls the mouth. A new strong mind comes from God. He tells us to let no corrupt or deadly talking come out of our mouths. Why? Because negative words can unleash a world of pain whose effects can last for a very long time on the hearts of those wounded by them. How many of us are still healing from the vicious words that were unleashed on us as children? On the contrary, how many of us went on to become successful because someone used their words to encourage and lift us up when we needed it most. We can control our words only with the help of the Lord.
“Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.” Ephesians 4:29 (The Message)
I’m reminded today to watch the words that come out of my mouth. I want my words to be a force of good rather than evil. Help me to stay on guard and be cognizant of what comes out of my mouth. In Jesus name, Amen.
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