“Keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry” (Psalm 34:13-15).
George had a hard time sleeping that night. The time had come that he had to speak to one of his employees. Marissa was very knowledgeable in the small business George owned and operated. He knew that she had struggles in her personal life, and he wanted to give her every benefit of the doubt. There was something, however, that George could no longer overlook. It was Marissa’s language – her very poor choice of words. Morning finally came, and thankfully, Marissa was one of the first to come in that day. Asking her to come into his office, George explained that he didn’t know much about the laws that the departments of Human Resources must follow. His business was small and family-owned. He honestly complimented her work habits except for one thing. “I really have been nervous to talk to you about…” and before he could complete his sentence, Marissa spoke up and said, “Sir, I already know. It’s my mouth, isn’t it?” Those fifteen minutes in George’s office that morning were a wonderful investment in Marissa’s life. May not one of us who are reading these Daily Prescriptions ever have to be confronted because of our tongue speaking evil or wickedness. May the Lord so guard our hearts that our words will be acceptable indeed.
For today: “Oh be careful, little tongue, what you say!” is much more than a child’s chorus from years ago. It ought to be the intention and prayer of each believer today.