Thought for Thursday

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3

Someone told me that a certain Christian had posted some inappropriate material on Facebook. To determine whether this was true, I checked out the postings in question, although I doubted whether a Christian would actually post such material. Sadly, the report was true. Some of what was posted was interesting and funny. But some of it contained immoral references, smutty language, and even profanity. This gutter material was entirely unworthy of a person claiming to be a child of God and seeking to be a testimony for their Lord. Probably this person was simply passing on something that had been sent to them. Did this person just not notice the offensive material? I don’t know. But I do know that as Christians, we need to be very careful not to bring reproach on our Lord with our words, our keyboards, or our Facebook postings.

David didn’t have the Internet, a cell phone, or other electronic communications when he was in Israel. But he knew the need to have a guard placed on His words. He also knew that such a guard was not something that he dared take responsibility for himself. He called upon the Lord to guard his mouth. David loved the Lord, and would never want to say anything that would bring dishonour on Him. He knew that wrong words would not only be a poor testimony but would grieve his Lord. Wrong words today, however we utter them, also are a poor testimony, and they grieve our Lord. We need to pray the prayer in today’s text, because like David, we need to understand how difficult it is to guard our mouths and bridle our tongues.

Many of the wrong words that Christians utter today are done in carelessness, and are not intentional. For example, there is a little expression used in many text messages, emails, and Facebook postings that most Christians don’t realize is rank profanity. If you use the term OMG, you are actually swearing; you are taking the Name of the Lord in vain. No born again child of God should ever use this term. If you know any who do, please beg them to stop. The same goes for many of the exclamations that we use, such as the minced oaths that are creeping into the language of the Lord’s people. For example, maybe you didn’t know that the expression ‘gee’ is just a minced term for ‘Jesus’ and every time you use this expression, you are taking the name of our precious Saviour in vain. Well, you know it now!

There are so many wrong words out there that you and I could be caught saying, texting, or posting. We need to ask the Lord to help us clean up our language and to keep it pure. – Jim MacIntosh

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