Word Watching

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I’m having a difficult time watching my mouth lately. In fact, I almost feel like I’ve waited too long to write this blog because now I’m in the middle of a HUGE struggle. But you know what? That’s okay because I know what to do. I have all the weapons at my disposal; I just need to use them. But sometimes I just DON’T. WANT. TO. For the sake of saving myself and you a lot of trouble, allow me to share some scriptures with you that will help us both!
Matthew 26:41 says, “All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and watch and pray, that you may not come into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the FLESH IS WEAK.”  My flesh doesn’t feel very weak; it feels stronger than my spirit right now. Stronger than I feel I can fight at times. But this scripture refers to being weak toward doing the right thing, the required thing. And what is more powerful than anything? Anyone? The Word of God. So even if I don’t want to, even if I don’t quite believe what I’m saying at the time, my words have power! They have power to uplift or destroy.
Proverbs 15:4 says, “A gentle tongue [with its healing] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.” Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it.” And James 3:5, “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider that a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”
Man, I don’t want a crummy life or a crummy marriage. I’ve worked hard to foster friendships and better relationships with family, so I need to watch my mouth. Psalm 15:1-3 says, “Lord, who shall dwell [temporarily] in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell [permanently] on Your holy hill? He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart, He who does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor…” Even better than what your mama taught you, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”, is to do what GOD says in 1 Peter 3:10, “For let him who wants to enjoy and see good days [good—whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit).” Psalm 34:13 says to “keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” 1 Peter 4:8 says “Above all things, have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].”
That’s such a hassle sometimes. But, as Psalm 141:3 says that we should “set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips,” you be watching your mouth and I’ll be watching mine…love y’all! 🙂

Amanda A Amanda Anderson

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