Have you have gotten caught up in the moment and said something you wish you hadn’t? Are there times when you wish someone would put a bridle on your mouth and completely control your words? Are there times when you wish you could sleep all day, hide, play computer games that take over your mind…? Then, guess what, that makes us all normal and still forgivable and lovable. The real question is…How do we overcome these times?
First, we must realize we are as much an at fault sinner as the one we directed our words toward. God knows that! He knew when He breathed the Word. The Bible is full of admonitions, both Old and New Testament, to guard our words.
Second, we must ask for forgiveness and then follow through with a change of heart. I can get on my knees 50 times a day, some days 500, and ask for forgiveness but unless I decide, with God’s help, to change, the words are empty.
Then, and the hardest of all, is to ask for forgiveness from the one who has been harmed by the words. Unlike God, they may choose to be unforgiving. If that happens give it back to God and continue mending the relationship.
There is a delightful children’s song that says: Oh, be careful little mouth what you say. Oh, be careful little mouth what you say. For the Father up above is looking down in love. Oh, be careful little mouth what you say.
Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.
Heavenly Father, creator of all words and languages, Lord of my life, forgive me for words hastily spoken. Control my words (and thoughts) toward or about others. Let my life be acceptable to You. Make it so!