Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today's Devotional Scripture

Today's Verse
The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious.
~Ecclesiastes 10:12

Thoughts on today's verse...
I heard there's an Internet site that will send messages to someone with your sentiments anonymously. Things such as, "your breath stinks," "why don't you find another place to work?" So now we have the electronic version of the nasty anonymous notes we sometimes were on the receiving end of in high school.

People hiding behind the screen of anonymity or a false identity feel the freedom to launch angry, hurtful tirades. Anonymity allows them to be unkind without having to take responsibility for their words.

In the book of Ephesians, our words should edify and impart grace (4:29). If I’m unwilling to use my name, there’s reason to believe that my motive is to hurt, not to help.

It's important to consider why you don’t want your name to be identified with your words. After all, if you don’t want to be identified with or by your words, it's probably best not to say anything - or as Thumper in Bambi said, "if you can't say anything nice, don't say nothin' at all."

My prayer...
Lord, help me to guard my lips. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14) Help me to not say anything that I wouldn't want someone to repeat. In your name I pray ~Amen.

Yours, because we're His,

Tamara