Master the Mouth
Proverbs 13:2-3 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. 3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
Your mouth will either make or break you! Our words have a huge impact on the people and situations around us. Think of your words as seeds that are being planted. They take root in the hearts and minds of others and eventually will bear fruit… good or bad. Your words can bring great blessing to and from other people, or escalate a tense situation until things are out of control.
Be mindful of the words you speak. To guard your mouth means to take responsibility… before you speak. Too often, we speak rashly and apologize afterward. “I didn’t mean to say that.” That’s kind of like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted! We’re so quick to take offense at the reaction of others to the words we’ve spoken instead of recognizing our own fault in what we’ve said in the first place. You are responsible for the words you speak the and the consequences of those words. If you do not master your mouth, your mouth will surely master you!