Ever had the kind of day where everything that comes your way tests the strength of your sanity and rides your ever-lovin’ last nerve? There are days when I feel I’m a pro at biting my tongue. And then there are days that my filter isn’t in check and exactly what I’m thinking spews forth from the depths of my inner being and out my mouth – even when I try my hardest to suppress it all. Don’t judge, I’m just being real.
I am trying harder than I ever have to keep myself in check and here’s why. In order to be Christ-like, we’re supposed to “rid ourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from our lips” (Colossians 3:8) plus, “anger gives a foothold to the devil.” (Eph. 4:27)
Foothold – a secure position from which further progress may be made. The enemy only needs a little wiggle room in our minds and in our actions and once we give him that room, things progressively go downhill and he doesn’t stop until everything’s a complete mess.
I want to be more Christ-like and I want others to feel love flowing from me. We are walking, talking testaments of a God of love and if we don’t show His love in the world, who will?
Will I always succeed at biting my tongue, not being argumentative, not becoming angry and the like? No, because my flesh will fail. All I can do is pray that God will continue working on me and showing me where I need improvement. I don’t ever want to stop trying to be a better person tomorrow than I was today.
Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.