Be Determined Not To Sin In What You Say

Have you ever said something and thought, “I shouldn’t have said that?” or, have you said something and then thought, “that didn’t come out just right?” We all have. At times, our mouth gets us into trouble.
In Psalms 17:3, the Psalmist said, “You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.
I am determined not to sin in what I say.” Notice the last words of that verse… “I am determined not to sin in what I say.” Now let’s be honest… that’s tough. I mean, think about how much we say.. Think about how often we open our mouths…Even when our intentions are good, we can sin in what we say. How do we sin in what we say? Let’s count the ways..
We sin when we use profanity and Lord have mercy, there is a ton of that in our world today. And, I’m not just talking about the mild stuff.. I mean, serious stuff. F-bombs are dropped today just as about as easily as someone would say, “hello.” But not just F-bombs… Someone may say, “M….F….” Again, that may be used today as easily as “have a nice day.” Years ago, it was somewhat scandalous when Rhett Butler said, “Frankly Scarlett; I don’t give a ……” Well, Rhett would have no problem today. His profanity is nothing compared to what we hear today.
Or, we sin with our mouths when we gossip… and there is a ton of that out there. We repeat stuff we hear and… it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not.. we still repeat it. Or, someone tells us something and says, “Now don’t breath a word of this…” And, of course, you know what happens… They breathe EVERY word of it!
Or, we sin when we are constantly criticizing something. I mean, some folks seem to have nothing else to do but be critical of others.
I could go on but you get the picture.
Our mouths can be used for good or bad. James said of our mouths, “Out of the same mouth comes praise and cursing…” (James 3:10).
So how are you using your mouth? Are you encouraging others? Are you using your mouth to tell others about Jesus? Are you using your mouth to express praise to God?
Or, are you using your mouth to be critical of others and to use profanity? None of us are perfect. If you use a lot of profanity… ok, recognize it and ask the Lord to help you clean it up. We all slip occasionally but profanity doesn’t need to be the primary thing that comes out of our mouths. Like the Psalmist, be determined not to sin in what you say.

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