Shut Up

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.

On Wednesday night at Jefferson Baptist Church We have a service at 6:30 pm and I am preaching a series of sermons on how to be holy and righteous. It is a “nuts and bolts” series on practical things we can do to grow into people who love righteousness and live righteously. One of the principles that I talked about is identifying the sins we commit most repeatedly and focus on conquoring them. 90% of the sins that I commit in my life now are with my tongue. I say things to people that are unkind, mean, judgmental, critical, and that hurt their feelings. I also say things that are self-seeking, prideful, boastful, and designed to make me look better than I really am.

When I get to the end of the day and examine my life and confess all the sins that I can remember, I confess these sins that I have committed with my mouth and I grieve over the fact that I think this is the 10,000th time I have confessed this and asked God to forgive me. I pray, “here I am again Lord, I hope You aren’t getting tired of me coming one more time with this same sin, I hope You don’t have a quota on the number of times I can commit this and still be forgiven.

Even though I keep messing up in the area of my speech, I am pretty sure I am getting better, even though much slower than I would like. I will persevere asking God for strength and wisdom to conquer this weakness in my life.

3 thoughts on “Shut Up

  1. Ralph Lonbeck

    One of my spiritual mentors, Jim, used to remind me often, “better to be silent and thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Jim has long since graduated to glory, but I can still hear his voice every time I open my mouth and make a fool of myself. Thanks for another reminder. : )



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