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. Jesus, John the Baptist, Peter and Paul were able to call people vipers and hypocrites because they lived lives that backed up their words. We all live in glass houses so throwing stones is not only unwise, it is downright stupid. I had a dream this morning 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 as this person lifted the body up at the shoulders and started 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 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, which 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, whomever you are that might be about to tell someone something better left un-said, or unearth a secret someone else has shared with you causing someone humiliation. If you say things that you don’t mind being repeated, then you don’t have to worry that someone will “quote” you, or more likely miss-quote you!
Say as 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 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Guard your mouth and keep watch over the door of your lips, and everybody said Amen!
Psalm 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.