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6th January 2023


Honouring God

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) with which we are to bless & honour the Lord.

We have begun exploring 4 helpful insights on how to do this from Psalm 141.

  1. Lift your hands verse 2
  2. Guard your mouth & lips verse 3
  3. Fix your eyes verse 8
  4. Watch & guard your heart verse 4

Today we will explore how we honour the Lord by guarding our mouths & lips.


Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6


Both the Old & New Testament have a lot to say about our speech.
Proverbs the book of practical wisdom has repeated warnings about the power of our tongue & words (Proverbs 10:11, 13:13, 18:21, 21:23).
James’ epistle warns us that though the tongue is small it is incredibly powerful & very difficult to tame & control (James 3:1-12).
Whilst it is given us to be a source of blessing if we are not careful we can find ourselves cursing both God & other people!!!
Our tongue is such a small member of the body but it can so easily get out of control to become a dangerous & deadly weapon!!!

The Scriptural advice, backed up by power from the Spirit, is that we set a restraint upon our lips.
We watch over them & guard them constantly. At times we need to keep them tightly bolted!!!
When it comes to speech it is always good to THINK before speaking.
Is this True, Helpful, Inspired, Necessary & Kind. If not then don’t bother saying it!!!
The above are a helpful guard & watching brief to help us avoid the deadly dangers of the fiery & unruly tongue.

To truly honour the Lord our speech should always be gracious. Thinking & speaking the best of others.
Seasoned with salt means that there is a purity, innocence & giving of our best when it comes to our speech.
Salt flavours & it preserves. It was used as a sign of purity in the Old Testament sacrifices.
As Christian people our speech should be distinctly different – carrying the kingdom flavour of LOVE.
Love for God & love for others.

Speech is an area where at times we all struggle. It is a constant challenge for everyone.
With the Spirit’s help & with scriptural instruction we can make a massively positive difference through the impact of our speech.
Let us be those that commit to daily watching over our tongues & only speaking positively & lovingly of others.
It is a discipline that will honour the Lord & bless people too. You know it makes sense!!!
Through careful watching & through gracious, pure speech let us bless & honour the Lord. Hallelujah!!!


For Reflection

  • Am I daily disciplining my thoughts & tongue?
  • In what ways am I mindful of my own struggles when it comes to speech?
  • Meditate upon what it means to guard our mouths & lips so that we bring honour unto the Lord.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You have gifted me with a body that is fearfully & wonderfully made,
Help me to more fully understand how it functions.
Jesus thank you that You are my model ‘par excellence’ & perfect example,
May my speech like Yours be full of grace & seasoned with salt.
Holy Spirit help & enable me to THINK before I speak,
So that I may be a blessing to the Lord & others.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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