Today's reading

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. –Psalm 141:3 NIV

June 27, 2023

Watching Your Words

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. –Psalm 141:3 NIV

Why is it so important to watch what we say? There is power in our words. Words can bring joy or despair, life or death. Oftentimes, it is better to be silent and just listen. We need to think more before we speak and to guard our words. We often regret the words we can’t take back. And having the last word often makes matters worse. When responding, we need to have discipline and control, choosing our words carefully. Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) says, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Our words should reflect our relationship with God. We are walking, talking representatives of Jesus. Colossians 4:6 (NIV) says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” We always have a choice when we speak. We must remember that the world is watching how we, as Christians, treat each other.It is not easy to curb the tongue. It does not happen overnight, but we can learn to control our words in time.

prayer focuses

Ask the Lord to help you to be quick to listen and slow to speak (see James 1:19).

Ask the Holy Spirit to speak through you, blessing others with life-giving words.


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Rosemary Valentino

Rosemary has been a Christian for forty years and loves the Lord. She is blessed with a loving husband, two children and five grandchildren. She is humbled to be able to write devotions and share God's word. She gives Him all the glory.