‘Be careful little mouth what you say, be careful little mouth what you say, for the Father up above is looking down with love, so be careful little mouth what you say.’

This song, sang to me when I was a small child, came to mind today as I thought of a friend who had just been hurt by the words of someone she loved.

Words are powerful things. The book of Proverbs says, life and death are in the power of the tongue. You can bring life with your words or you can pull the life out of someone with your words.

It is a sad thing to me that many Christians, knowing this truth, fail to keep a watch over their words.

I had a friend who told her children to watch their words to their friends. She would say, you can’t unscramble eggs, once the words are out there, they are forever out there, you can apologize, but the words are still there.

This is so true – I don’t know of anything more difficult to get past than unkind words spoken by someone you love. They go deep, they hurt, and they can long term devastating effects. Thank God for the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all things!

Matthew 15:10-11 says; And He called the people to Him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

The Bible says by our words we are justified and by our words we are condemned. It is what comes out of our mouth that will defile us. The word defile means unclean. It is what comes out of our mouth that can make us unclean in the eyes of God.

Proverbs 12:18 says; There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:1 says; A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

James 1:26 says; If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
I could go on and on with scriptures about the words of our mouth, for the Bible has much to say on this subject, but, I think you get the picture.
Today I want to encourage you to watch your words. To remember what my friend says, you can’t unscramble eggs.

Words hurt, and God never meant for us to use words to hurt others. There is great power in our words and He expects us to use that power for good, not for evil.

In the Amplified Bible, James 3:10 says; Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way, for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts.

We have a moral obligation to speak in a way that reflects our fear of God and our respect for His word. If we can remember this one scripture, we will do well.

Today, my prayer for all of us is this; may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be pleasing to you my Lord.

Don’t allow negative things to come out of your mouth.

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