“WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” is a phrase my siblings and I heard frequently from our parents during our developmental years. “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” was used as a reminder for my siblings and I to stay within the communication boundaries of discipline, respect, honesty, and positivity established by our parents.
I can only recall the phrase being used when we went contrary to our parents’ directives or if our words went against God’s commands. Similar to a parent reminding a child to evaluate their words, God informs his children the power of their words and the importance of choosing words wisely.
With our tongues we either speak; life or death, victory or defeat, insecurity or confidence, weakness or strength, trust or doubt, but whatever you say, be prepared to eat the fruit of your words. There have probably been times in your life when you’ve said things that were hurtful towards yourself and others.
When that happens it is vital to seek and receive God’s forgiveness, repent and thoughtfully give attention to your words from that point on. It all starts with watching our mouth because the words we speak have long-lasting impact directly connected to our present and future circumstances. You’d be surprised how your words are affecting your situation.
Scripture reveals several accounts regarding individuals either watching their mouths or carelessly using words. In both cases, we are shown the effect of the tongue’s power. Words can teach, encourage, and uplift. They also can discourage, reject, and demean. Words can express gratitude, love, and joy. They also can express selfishness, hate, and despondency.
Our aim is to speak what God says about our situations and not what our inconsistent emotions want us to declare. No matter what is going on in your life today, it’s time to “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” Don’t get distracted by the trial or the mirage that nothing will change, begin declaring God’s word. This is a work in progress that requires discipline, trust, and faith.
But once you begin to get in the rhythm of using your words wisely in thanksgiving, and praise to God, when the wrong words try to come out, you will be able to take action and bounce back to God’s words. Speak life and watch your mouth!