He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles (Proverbs 21:23).
Men, today let’s look at all of the passages in this article and see a consistent pattern. God wants us to restrain our lips, guard our mouths, and bridle our tongues. It is a simple but much needed thought for us to consider. In order to live as lights among this dark world, we must learn to develop restraint in our speech.
Certainly, most folks around us fly off the handle and say whatever comes to their minds, but that must not be true of God’s men.
He who guards his mouth
I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle while the wicked are in my presence (Psalms 39:1).
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise (Proverbs 10:19).
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin (Proverbs 13:3).
He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is considered prudent (Proverbs 17:27-28).
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless (James 1:26).
We will finish with a prayer that is good for all of us to pray. Before we go into that meeting today, pray this prayer. Before we begin to gossip about the boss or a fellow co-worker, pray this prayer. When someone wants to argue politics, pray this prayer.
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips