Normally I cling to the idea of keeping my mouth closed to prevent offending people. It doesn’t always work, but I try. I have a card with “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalms 141:3” printed on it. Sometimes I carry the card around in my purse, sometimes I slip it into the sun visor of my car.
Since I read this blog post I have been thinking about how important watching words is in writing as much as in speaking. Even in the informal blog, facebook, email venues. It is so quick to type out as I think…or a little faster.
So I pulled up my verse card and found another: “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29”
Remember when mom or grandma would say, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”? But Ephesians 4:29 is so much more.
Could you imagine being around someone who had grace ready with every word?