Today's Devotional Thought
October 17, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
Guard My Mouth
"I probably shouldn't say this..."
If you start any conversation by that statement, let me assure you that you should zip your lips!
James 3:5 tells us that the tongue is the smallest part of the body but makes the biggest boast. I read a commentary that stated that the mouth opens approximately 700 times a day to speak. And, I think for women it is a bit more!
How many times do we speak evil?
We talk about someone else and what we "heard" about them. We criticize someone out of ignorance. We judge someone because they don't look or act like us. Someone doesn't meet our expectations and we are disappointed and need someone to "talk" to about it. All of this is gossip and Ephesians 4:29 tells us, "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear." God hates gossip!! And, all of our conversations should be God honoring, God glorifying, and edifying to those listening.
It can be tempting to talk about others. But when that temptation overcomes us we need to fight it and tell ourselves that it is not God honoring. The 3rd chapter of Colossians is great and I suggest that you read it. It talks about how we need to interact with others and gossip is not among them. We are told to be compassionate, to show kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. It continues on with more behaviors we are to display as believers. If we are showing compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience to others then I don't believe there will be room for gossip. These behaviors honor God and show others His love for them through us.
Ladies, may I suggest that when someone shares something with you in confidence that you don't pass it on. First, because that is sin and second, because the first thing we should do is pray for that person and allow God to work and move in their life.
Just remember that if you start any conversation with "I probably shouldn't tell you this..." Then, you really shouldn't!!