Words (1)

“I will…not sin in what I say.  I will hold my tongue.”           Psalm 39:1 NLT

An unknown poet wrote: “A careless word my kindle strife; a cruel word may wreck a life. A bitter word may hate instill; a brutal word may smite and kill. A gracious word may smooth the way; a joyous word may light the day. A timely word may lessen stress; a loving word may heal and bless.”  The Bible says, “No man can tame the tongue” (James 3:8 NKJV).  “Well, if it can’t be done,” you ask, “How am I supposed to do it?”  By pausing before you speak, cultivating a sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit within you and drawing on His power. By reminding yourself that once a word has left your lips it can never be taken back, and all the “I’m sorrys”: in the world won’t alter that.

The Psalmist, who’d evidently made the mistake of talking when he should’ve been listening, wrote: “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue.”   In the Bible, abstaining from food for a period of time is called “fasting.”  It has a spiritually cleansing effect. It draws us closer to God. It strengthens and sharpens us. So here’s an idea for you: How about going on a verbal fast for the next thirty days?  At least a partial one. Isaiah said, “The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary” (Isaiah 50:4 NLT).  Instead of your tongue doing the leading and you doing the following, let your mouth become Spirit-guided.


This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today