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, but I 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.
I had a dream recently that I was watching as someone unearthed a body that had been buried, wrapped in a blanket. As I watched I was horrified at what I was seeing, and then this person lifted the body up at the shoulders and proceeded to uncover the face by just lifting the corner of the blanket, I saw the decaying face and was scared and disgusted by the sight. It was so strange that it woke me up wide awake. On thinking about what it could mean, the only thing that made sense is that this person was about to unearth something, some secret maybe that needed to remain buried. There are faults that we can confess to one another, but when it comes to sins of the flesh that people can use against us, I say keep your mouth shut. My grandfather Mushegan told me to “think 10 times before I said anything” to which I answered “Then I would never get anything said!” He had a little grin that he used on occasions like that and I got the message, just shut up!
I am handing this to you, whoever you are that might be about to tell someone something better left unsaid, unearth a secret someone else has shared with you, maybe tell some secret thing that will make money for you, you don’t want to give away good things either, lest someone takes the advantage of you! It can be good or bad I just know that we all need to guard our mouth. Say as the Psalmist said in Psalms 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! 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. I pray that God will 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!