Yes, he who guards his mouth guards his life; it is true; guarding our mouth saves us from a lot of pain and suffering; it keeps us away from the attacks of our enemies in the Spiritual Realm. It also brings blessings into our life instead of curses.
As you know, if we examine the history, we could find that unbridled tongues or unguarded mouths have caused more miseries and pain for human beings than any other things in this world.
Uncontrolled, rash words from human mouth have destroyed many families, many marriages and relationships. Even, now, in the midst of us many are suffering because they could not keep their tongue under control. As the word of God says: though we have tamed many things in nature, we are yet to tame this small organ.
7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (James, 3, 7-8)
No matter, how strong we are spiritually, we still struggle at times to keep our mouth in check. With our mouth we bless and also we curse.
Many in our congregations are wounded spiritually and mentally because some of us could not keep our tongues in control. With our mouths we are quick to judge and quick to condemn. The fruits that we produce with our mouths are often bitter and poisonous.
The words that come out of our mouths not only wounds others but also pollute our souls. The words that we speak with our mouths either keep us holy or make us unholy. A mouth that sows the seeds of hatred is worse than a fire that destroys a forest. Apostle James in his epistle says:
5Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. (James 3, 5-6)
Yes, as the above verses say, the courses of our lives are determined by our tongue. Many times, the paths that we take in our lives are the result of the words that we have spoken over our own lives.
Even, in our children’s lives, we often determine their paths with our own tongues. The negative words that we declare over the lives of our dear and near ones often determine many of the disastrous paths that they take in their life. Therefore, if we could keep our mouths under control, we could save ourselves and others from a lot of pain and suffering.
If you desire to see many good days………
I think, there is no one out there in the world who does not want to see many good days in his life. Both believers and unbelievers have the same desire when it comes to living a blessed life.
From my experience, I could boldly say that; believers have even a stronger desire to live a blessed life than the unbelievers. Because, for believers it will be a testimony before others that God Almighty is pleased with their faith life.
Of course, we have the Word of God with us to help us achieve this goal. However, the reality is often different. Despite having the Word of God with us to guide us, we still fail to live a blessed life and one of the main reasons is: we often ignore the importance of keeping our tongue under control.
As I told you earlier; an unbridled tongue pollutes our souls and hinder the Holy Spirit from working in our lives. Often our prayers that we offer with our lips goes unanswered mainly because they are offered from unholy lips.
David knew about the importance of keeping his tongue under control and he understood very well that: what comes out of his mouth can either break or build his life. That is why in Psalm 34 he says:
11Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. 14Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34, 11-14)
Yes, whoever of you loves life and desire to see many good days; keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Saints, David was a sinner like you and I, there is nothing great or admirable about David’s personal life.
At times, he did a lot more evil than many of us, but, still God Almighty considered him as “The man after My own heart” and He blessed David more than anyone else in the history of Israel; and the reason was – David was a man of integrity. He was sincere and honest before both man and God.
He did not speak evil over anyone’s life nor practice telling lies. He really blessed those who cursed him and kept his tongue from telling lies. As a result, he was blessed abundantly and lived a long life that was filled with peace and prosperity.
Saints; here what we need to bear in mind is – what David writes in the above verses is from his own experience. Surely, we will be blessed if we follow his advice.
By Your words, you will be acquitted and by your words…
34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12, 34-36)
As you see, in the above verses; Lord Jesus talks about the importance of keeping our tongues under control. Here, he warns us about the dangers of speaking words that are unholy, dishonest and evil.
He says: on the day of judgment, we will have to give account for every idle word that we have spoken during our life on earth. Doesn’t this sound a bit scary?
How many times have we wounded our dear and near ones with our own tongues? How many times have we grieved the Holy Spirit by telling lies? How many times have we profaned the name of Christ by being a bad witness for Him? It is unbelievable!
How can we, who claim to have a re-generated spirit, lead such an unholy lifestyle?
Again, in verse 37, Lord Jesus says: by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned. Saints, Jesus says this in the context of the final judgment that you and I will face at the end of the age; hence we need to take it very seriously since He is the One who will be sitting on that Seat of Judgment to judge us.
In fact, this is how he is going to judge us. Every word that we have spoken will either acquit us or condemn us. In other words; the words that we have spoken with our tongues will either save us or destroy us. That is why in Proverbs 18, it says:
Yes, our tongue has the power of life and death. Guarding our tongue definitely helps us to guard our life.
Next, let us examine psalm 15 which also talks about the importance of keeping our tongue under control; preventing it from speaking evil words. In this Psalm David links our chances to live in the Holy Mountain of God to keeping our tongues from evil.
1Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? 2The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; 3whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; (Psalm 15, 1-3)
As you see, David begins this psalm by asking the LORD – Who may dwell in Your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? And he links it with leading a blameless life which also includes speaking truth from the heart; keeping one’s tongue from slandering or casting slur on others.
In the above verses also, we see the importance of keeping our tongue under control and it also reminds us of the dangers of having an unbridled tongue.
Saints; it does not matter how spiritual you are; it does not matter how well you pray and preach; if your tongue speaks lies and you continue to slander and cast slur on others; then, definitely your life is going to bear fruits that are bitter and poisonous. Instead of bringing blessings; you are going to bring curses into your life; curses that may follow you even unto eternity.
Therefore, keep your tongue under control so that your life will be safer and better in this world and also in the world to come.