Leviticus 21:1-22:17 / Mark 9:1-29 / Psalm 43:1-5 / Proverbs 10:18
“Whoever hides hatred has lying lips and whoever spreads slander is a fool. In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” (Today’s Proverb + Tomorrow’s Proverb)
We are living in a world where volumes of words and opinions are at an all time high. Our culture is centered on consumer reviews, texts, emails, Facebook posts, “likes”, etc… We’ve become a society of self-proclaimed critics where anyone and everyone’s opinion and thoughts can be voiced and spread, literally, like a virus. We’ve gotten so comfortable spouting off “just exactly what we think”, and “what’s on our minds”. We’ve grown to feel justified and like it’s our God-given right to let our “inner Simon Cowell” come out critiquing and picking on every imperfection or slight defect we can detect in people.
We need to get a grip on ourselves. That is not at all how God calls us to live. His hearts breaks when He sees that kind of poisonous thinking entering our hearts and coming out of our mouths. It not only damages others, it pollutes the hearts of the critics and chokes out the life of Christ in them like bind weed.
God calls us to guard our tongues, count the cost of our words, restrain our lips, and examine the condition of our hearts. There are so many verses in the Bible that talk about the power of our tongues: power to build up or tear down, power to be like a tree of life for others, or power to break their spirit (Proverbs 15:4). From out of the heart the mouth speaks – the things we speak are a mirror into the condition of our hearts.
O Lord, let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to You, our strength and our Redeemer! (Psalm 19:14)