#VOD: Proverbs 13:3

“The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.”

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How many times have we said things out of frustration? How many times have we regretted something we said to someone else? How many times have we said something we knew we shouldn’t have?

I could go on and on about this, but the simple fact is there have all been moments where we said certain things we wish we could take back.

1- Guarding our mouths requires us to constantly check our hearts.

Matthew 15:18 says, “But the things that come out of a person’ mouth come from the heart…”  We must be careful to guard our mouths and in order to do that we must always be checking out hearts. The way we speak to others and about others is a direct reflection of where our hearts are…

2- By guarding our mouths, we are protecting our lives…

There have been many times in my life where my lack of control with my tongue has made things worse. Fortunately never to the point of physical violence, but in the world, we live in today it happens all too often. There are many spiritual, emotional & physical things that can happen if we don’t guard our mouths…

I want to finish this off by reminding myself, and all of you that our words mean life or death… Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death…”
What you say to another person will either speak life into them or will speak death. We have enough negativity going around these days that we do not need to be a church doing the same… Jesus came to give us life and give us life in abundance (John 10:10). Why wouldn’t we share in that life-giving power by guarding our mouths against negativity and use our words to transform hard hearts for Christ…

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