“Hello, my name is Scott, I am a sinner in need of the Grace of God.”
Let the reader respond, “Hello, Scott, welcome to Sinners Anonymous.”
Paul says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Eph 4:29).
The Psalmist says, “Let the words of my mouth . . . be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psa 19:14).
The Wise man records, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” (Pro 10:19).
James tells us, “now this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, . . . ” (Jas 1:19).
James also reminds us, “For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.” (Jas 3:2).
I ask your prayers. My propensity to talk when I should listen, interject when I should restrain is resurfacing. Simply put – I am not controlling my tongue.
I am not using language that is impure, foul, or crude. I am not speaking words of anger. I am, however, learning that I am unintentionally offending people when I speak without forethought. I offend when I use humor at inappropriate times or settings. I offend when I reply in sarcasm. I offend when I get defensive and stop listening. Please forgive me.
I am placing these words of God as front-lets before my eyes (Deut 6). I am putting them where I can see them. I will reflect on them, so that I can remember who God would have me to be. I ask that you help me, hold me accountable, and pray for me.
In Christ Alone,