The psalmist once prayed, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Ps. 141:3,). It’s a prayer we would all do well to pray today. More than ever, we need a filter for our words, a guard over our mouths.
We are so reckless in our comments, so rash in our tweets.
We post whatever we think, in a blur, as quickly as we can type or dictate the words.
We fail to filter, fail to think through, fail to process, fail to evaluate.
Yet Scripture constantly warns about the danger of rash speech.
Just consider this small sampling of relevant verses:
“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin” (Prov. 13:3, NIV).
“When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is prudent” (Prov. 10:19, CSB).
“Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent—discerning, when he seals his lips” (Prov. 17:28, CSB).
“Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Prov. 29:20, MEV).
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:6, NIV).
Can you imagine how different the internet would look if we heeded these words?
Yet Jesus said this: “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matthew 12:36, ESV).
Chew on that for a moment (or, better still, chew on Jesus’ words for an hour, or a day; or even better, chew on them for the rest of your life).
Can I be completely candid with you?
I am a communicator. I produce a lot of words.
In book form, I’ve written roughly 3 million words.
On average, every year, I write more than 200,000 words in op-ed columns.
For more than 11 years, I’ve done one to two hours of live talk radio, five days a week.
In addition, I preach sermons or teach classes several hundred times each year.
And yet I can honestly say that I filter every word I write and speak. Consequently, I stand behind what I’ve written in books and in columns and what I’ve said on the air and in sermons.
But I have often failed when it comes to social media and emails, writing back too quickly, responding too aggressively, failing to process my words before I send them out, with no ability to take them back.
Do you fail here as well?
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SOURCE: Charisma News