There are 2 verses that are standing out to me this morning.
Pr. 10:11: “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.”
I also read in Colossians 3 about setting our minds on the things above (vs. 2). Also, vs. 16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to The Lord.”
Truly the best way to ensure that our mouths are a well of life is to do exactly what Col. 3:16 says. If we let the word dwell in us richly then the overflow of our mouths will naturally be a well of life.
If you need more convincing, Ecc. 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Now that’s a promise that can lead to “positive thinking” and can give us the courage to turn our mouths into a well of life.
Pr. 10:19: “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains is lips is wise.”
This verse ties in closely with Ecc. 5:2-3, “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words.”
A recent blog by my pastor, Pastor Kemp, reminds me of this, as well: if we pray with our Bibles open, and align our prayers with The Word, we will not be speaking a multitude of self-centered, sterile words. We will be praying God’s words instead of our own emotional or foolish words.
Lord, let Your word dwell more richly than ever within us. Let our minds be constantly set on the things above and not the things of this earth. Let us speak nothing of evil and cover our world, ourselves, and our families with violence. God help us to keep our mouths shut more often than not. Help us to allow Your words to be the words spoken into our hearts, our lives, and the lives of those around us. Your words do not return void. Your words are pure and proven. Help us to speak in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to You. Help us to keep Your will and Your Word before us. You are in heaven, Lord, and Your plans are for our good. We walk around like shadows, busying ourselves in vanity. Lord, truly our only hope is in You!
Keeping my mouth shut and my Bible open today. 🙂 (no comments, Donnie. haha)