Almost in silence.
Did you know that this is not something that is new to today? I can not even begin to tell you how many variations of the word “mouth” are in the Bible, I lost track somewhere over 300 times. As a mom to a pre-teen and a teenager I have to tell you that the mouth, at least in our house, is the biggest enemy to peace and happiness. I wish it weren’t so, but for most people I know the mouth can be their biggest downfall.
I want to take a few minutes and walk with you through a couple of steps throughout our voyage to “Watch Our Mouths”. First we are going to check out some of the struggles of the mouth I have found:
Matthew 15:18 – But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’
Job 21:5 – Look at me and be astonished; clap your hand over your mouth.
Proverbs 21:23 – He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
Proverbs 10:14 – Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
I don’t want to be a fool, I don’t want to bring about destruction and ruin, I want to learn, grow, build up, encourage, and be a lifter (of God’s Word and of people). At my house we have challenged each other (yep, all four of us) to memorize Scriptures that we have all struggled with and one of our family favorites is Ephesians 4:29.
Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
I don’t know about you, but for me, I am a “TALKER”. I love words, I love writing words, and I totally love SPEAKING words! Seriously…I am a talker. If you get near me expect to get involved in conversation because 1) people fascinate me, and 2) I love community and community happens when you spend time getting to know each other.
When I first became a Christian I memorized this next verse because not only was I a talker, but I also had a quick and nasty temper (thankfully some things have changed).
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
I love how God uses His Word to teach us, to shepherd us, and to help us with things that He knows that we struggle with. Really, how cool is it that 2,000 years ago people struggled with some of the same things you and I do. It’s actually quite amazing, isn’t it?
Listen to some of the word pictures, some of the canvases that have been painted with the following words about “words” and your “mouth”.
20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
21 The tongue can bring death or life;
Ok, is it me, or when you read Ecclesiastes 5:2 did you think…hum, am I too quick with my mouth? And if you are honest, really honest, you know that there quite a few times when you wished you had held your tongue just a little longer, right? (Come on, it’s just me…I have a great BIG monster mouth, I admit it, but I can tell you this…God is doing a Good Work with me and in me!)
Psalm 40:3 – He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
Psalm 49:3 – My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.
Psalm 51:15 – O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
When I start to struggle I can pray and ask God to help me with my mouth…
Psalm 141:3 – Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Jeremiah 1:9 – Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.
Friends, I know it isn’t always easy, and I know that it doesn’t come natural to some of us, but God will be there to help us, to guide us, and to teach us how to use our mouths to glorify Him. I don’t want my words to be my destruction. I want my words to be so encouraging, so uplifting, so filled with Truth and God’s Word that people are drawn to Him through me. That’s all I want…I want to be a vessel that God can use (thanks for that one Donna Partow). If that means I have to go to Mouth Boot Camp then I will, because our God is so worth it.
Ask Him to set a guard over your mouth.
Use your mouth to declare your praise to Him.
And be ready to watch what God does…
PS – There’s still time left to play in the Mel’s World Scavenger Hunt. Click HERE to go to the post with all the questions.