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Power for Today

The Door to Your Heart

"Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips." (Psalm 141:3, NIV)

"I couldn't help it." I heard myself saying it, and at the same time my brain was screaming, "Stop!" We take comfort in knowing that we aren't the only ones who speak thoughtless words that hurt others. David apparently had the same problem, as our Bible reading shows. The language is so thought-provoking: imagine having a guard stationed at the door of your lips! Some of us could benefit by having a real door at our lips!

God addresses the problem we have with our careless words in so many places, which leads us to believe that the sins we commit with our tongues are serious indeed; yet we pass off our habit of gossip casually. We hurt people with the unkind comments we make and then justify ourselves by saying, "She just wears her feelings on her sleeves." Our words hurt others, ourselves, and God.

This little verse in Psalms is one that we can memorize and pray today. What we say matters to God.

Dear God, help me today as I speak with others. "Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips." Help me to stop to consider my words before they come out of my mouth, since I know I can never take them back. In Your precious Son's name. Amen.
- CONNIE STINNETT, Seminole, Oklahoma

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