Remember that Sunday School song? Here's the part God's working on with me this week, "Be careful little mouth what you say." He's preaching a three-point sermon straight to my heart on this topic. I'm pressed for time this morning so I'll cut straight to the chase.
1. Shut my mouth and pray about it. I find myself in a CONFUSING, heart-breaking, unjust situation. I keep talking about it to process my way through the painful emotions. But no amount of talking will explain or fix this. It's time to hush my lips and PRAY. Honestly, I'm not sure how beneficial it EVER is to rehash situations like this. Some things are not to be understood. They are to be endured.... with our eyes on Heaven.... waiting for God to move.... because He is the only One who CAN move people's hearts. "Be careful little mouth what you say."
2. Slow down and THINK before you speak. Yesterday without thinking, I said something that in retrospect was inappropriate and unkind. If you know me at all, you know that means I spent the rest of the day dwelling on the comment and beating myself up for saying it. This is a lesson I've been learning for a LONG time. Sometimes I'm very good at it. Other times my filter slips and something I should not have said slips out. "Be careful little mouth what you say."
3. Anger gives a foothold to the devil. Ugh.... I've become such an angry person lately. Yes, I face TOUGH situations. Often one right after the other, each following so closely on the heels of the last that I don't even get a chance to catch my breath between. But anger is never the right answer. It gives the devil a chance to stick his toe in it. And that evil adversary.... once he gets his toe in, he'll squirm his whole foot in... then his leg... and before I know it he's the unwelcome guest at my party, and I'm saying angry things that I really don't even WANT to say! "Be careful little mouth what you say."
Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.