“Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” Psalm 34:13
Wrong use of our tongues can get us before the earthly judge but what is even more serious is when it gets us before God, the heavenly judge. What goes around comes around and God is warning us to “Watch our tongue!”
Our tongues can be used as a source of blessing as well as a source of cursing. How we use our tongues is a choice that we make and with the wrong use of our tongues comes many consequences. “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” – James 3:10. This scripture was written to Christians. We ought to take heed.
There are a lot of things going on in the world, in our territory, in our government, in our families, in our churches, on our jobs and in our lives. There is a time to talk and a time to be silent. However, many times mixed with a lot of truth are a lot of lies that are expressed in gossip, slander and rumors.
It seems like for some people they have a full-time job to engage in and spread gossip, slander and rumors. Sometimes when some people relate a story, you would think that they themselves were present. When the truth is they got it from a friend who got it from his mother-in-law who got it from their brother who got it from his boss. Do you remember the game of secret? People who like to spread rumors do not stop to even try and find out if what they are about to pass on is truth or not and those who are very mischievous will add a little piece on to it to make it sound even more juicy.
God is not going to ask you or me to give account for anyone else but ourself. What have you been saying with your tongue? What has been proceeding out of your mouth? Remember the words of Proverbs 18:21a “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Spreading lies, slandering the names of others and using the tongue to damage the character of others is a very low and degrading thing to do. When something is spoken and it is not a blessing it is a curse. Word curses have destroyed and is still destroying the lives of many people.
If your mouth is itching to talk and you want to say something, it might be wise to open your Bible and read the word of God aloud. “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.” Psalm 119:172 Give the telephones and cell phones a rest from gossip and spend that time praying. Being express carriers of gossip and rumors and slandering the names of others will not give a good return and anyone who is guilty of this need to stop, for judgment is near. “The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?” Psalm 12:3-4
It is introspection time for anyone who is reading this devotional. All of us need to search our hearts and be careful of what we allow to come out of our mouths. The things that come out of our mouths come from our hearts. “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” St. Matthew 12:34 Sometimes we cannot avoid hearing things but we can make a decision as to what to do with the things that we hear.
Wisdom comes from God and if we, especially as Christians allow Gods wisdom and His Holy Spirit to guide us, we will not be carriers of gossip, slander and rumors. “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.” – Psalm 37:30
Yes, it is hard at times to keep silent when your character is being assassinated or not to defend yourself when lies and slander is flying in the air but it is wise to only speak when God says to speak and only say what God says to say. “I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.” – Psalm 39:1