Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. – (Proverbs 13:3, NLT)
Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything. – (Proverbs 13:3, MSG)
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. – (Proverbs 13:3, NIV)
What we say, matters. Our words have the power to heal or the power to destroy. We must choose wisely, for with our words, we are either offering light and life and hope, or we are breaking down and bringing ruin. This holds true not only for those around us, but for ourselves as well. “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” – (Psalm 19:14, NIV)
May these lips of mine,
Be laden with life;
Extended to all,
Disarmer of strife.
Help my tongue be tame,
So hope is spoken;
Let love be offered,
To hurt and broken.
Preserve my life Lord,
For all of my days;
May I love like You,
And walk in Your ways.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that words have the power to give light and life and hope to those who are hurting. Thank You that when we seek You and trust in You, You use willing hearts to speak good into those who need to hear it. Forgive us for not controlling our tongues, as our careless words do damage. Teach us to trust You more, as You are the One who will defend us when harsh words are spoken, and You will shine light on untruth. Help us to know when to speak and when to stay silent. Give us Your words to speak in all things and at all times. Show us how to speak light, life and love into those around us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we guard our lips so that we may give You glory with our every word. Amen.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. – Psalm 145:8