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Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
"Did you see the way she was dressed?"
"I heard that they had to get married"
"I heard he drinks, takes drugs, and would sleep with anyone"
Have you ever heard anyone say any of these things? Maybe you are the one who has said them.
Here is another example in the bible.
John 8:3-5 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 "Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?"
We are so quick to judge and point fingers at others.
What if you fell into sin? Would you want others talking about you behind your back?
You heard the saying, "You are what you eat".
How about this one, "You are what you speak" ?
Matt 15:11 (NLT) You are not defiled by what you eat; you are defiled by what you say and do."
Matt 15:18 "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
As children of God we are not to talk about others, but instead we should be praying for them.
If someone dresses in an improper way, pray for him or her, but also pray for yourself not to judge on the outward appearance.
If a couple had to get married, pray for their marriage and the child who will be born, also pray that you can minister to them in love.
If someone is having trouble with alcohol and drugs and sex, pray for them and pray that you could come along side of them and be a friend.
Ask the Lord this week to allow you there hear yourself and what you say about others.
Then ask God to show you how you can minister to that person or persons instead of talking about them.
Ask God to watch over your mouth, not only what you say about others, but also what you don't say to them that could minister to them.
You never know, that person may be you someday.
1 Cor 10:12 (NLT) If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin.
How would you want to be treated?
Heb 10:24-25 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.