There is power in agreement; didn’t you think that was a powerful opening statement? Now back it up…but first I have to insert a parenthetical statement and tell you something that reminded me of something my daddy said. One Sunday at the end of his Sunday morning sermon he announced for everyone to be sure and be there for the evening service because he was going to preach on the “Penitentiary of the Damned”! The people murmured and said that sounded like it was going to be an important “Word” and were anxious to hear it! As a kid sitting in the back seat of the ’55 gray Olds I heard him tell my mother, “I don’t know what made me announce that title, I don’t have a thing on it!” He went home and “got before the Lord” and came up with a sermon to match the title! So, having said that… Tonight I had the wonderful experience of being an audience to my children talking and starting one subject going to the next, laughing, mimicking each other, laughing and talking more…the television remained on pause from where we had stopped the “Bachelorette” and I have not enjoyed myself that much in a very long time. When my son got up and stretched getting ready to leave there was one more thing that had to be said and we were all laughing as he imitated my grandson who is quickly becoming, at the age of 13, a man. I thought of the scripture in Amos 3:3 that says, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”
There is nothing worse than having family members that have turned against each other and are no longer friends. I have seen it happen and usually no one can remember how it even got started! Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.” Sometimes it is better to leave something unsaid rather than say it out loud exposing yourself to a) judgment b) ridicule c) opening a wound d) making yourself vulnerable. That list may be redundant, I just wrote it as I thought it. We are neither Jesus, John the Baptist, nor Peter or Paul, they were able to call people vipers and hypocrites but they lived lives that backed up their words. With us, we all live in glass houses so throwing stones is not only unwise, it is downright stupid.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? …” When Jesus sent His disciples out to minister He sent them in pairs so they had help, back up and agreement! Matthew 18:19-20 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” To me that is a big deal! Answer to prayers come from agreement, so if you are not at peace with the people around you how can you expect to get answers to your prayers?
The way to keep the peace a lot of times is to simply guard your mouth!
The Psalmist said in 19:14 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 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Good advice from brother David! You can keep from offending someone and erase the chance that you might get repeated! If you say things that you don’t mind being repeated, then you don’t have to worry that someone will “quote” you. I put that in quotation marks because most times the quotes are actually MIS-quotes! Put good things in, Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice.
I am asking you to look inside my heart and see the urgency with which I am telling you this today. God bless you and keep you AND your mouth until we meet again. Pray that He will “guard your mouth” and “keep watch over the door of your lips!” and everybody said…AMEN!