For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.
1 Peter 3:10 (NLT)
Sometimes my mouth gets me in trouble, and I’m sure I’m not the only one this happens to. I remember once, as a kid, my petite mother was in the middle of disciplining me, but she wasn’t doing much damage. Because I couldn’t control my mouth, as soon as she was done, I turned around and sarcastically asked, “Are you done?” No dumber words have ever been spoken by a preteen boy! She said, “Wait until your dad gets home!” Immediately I realized something. If I had just kept my mouth shut, it would have made my life so much easier! This is a lesson that I have carried with me my entire life. Sometimes you need to hold your tongue and shut your mouth. It may not be easy in the moment but it will make your life so much easier in the long run.
Lord, give me wisdom to know when to speak and when to keep my mouth shut. Help me to guard my mouth. Help me to speak life-giving words and not words that wound or harm me or harm others. In Jesus’ name, Amen