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Morning Prayer, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY:  PUT A GUARD OVER MY MOUTH

Father God, all day, all year long put a guard over my mouth so that I will not have an untamed tongue.   Amen

Proverbs 17:28 and James 3:5-12

"I need God to take control of what I say today and how I say it."  Have you ever been in a heated conversation with someone and had thoughts that you forced yourself to suppress?  I have and I tell you it was a fight inside of my head not to say what was on my mind because it was trying to push its way out.   Over my life, I have been around people who just didn’t seem to care what came out of their mouth.  We have to learn how to guard the words that flow from our mouths because they can have long-term consequences.  The Word tells us in Proverbs 21:23 that “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”  All I can say is “Amen to that Lord.”  The wrong words spoken can be a damaging fire that can burn out of control for years.  How many of us have looked back with regret at moments of anger when we were in a heated argument and because we felt the need to be vindicated, we just let it rip?  The Scripture that checks my tongue is in Psalm 141:3, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.  In our younger days, it is understandable that sometimes we would not be so much in control of our tongue but as we matured, there are some things we should know better than to do or say.  We train children up so that they will grow up to carry themselves in the right way.   That is done for a reason.  Not so I can grow up and just be all over the place, saying whatever I feel like saying or doing whatever I feel like doing.   I have seen that before and its end was not good at all.  The person learned very quickly that you can’t just let it rip when you feel like it.  Hold your tongue.  Watch your words.  Be wise in what you say because the wrong words can come back to bite you.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.."  John 3:16         

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