Proverbs 13:3–The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Our mouth can have a tendency to fly open and say all kinds of things that will bring a person to ruin. I like the picture that is portrayed in this verse of a guard standing watch by the mouth, keeping the mouth from going too far or saying too much. This guard preserves the life and reputation of the mouth. Have we set up a guard over our mouth that can prompt us when we say too much, or help us to keep our mouth in check so that it doesn’t lead to our ruin?
Father, I have no excuse for allowing my mouth to run wild and say whatever. I must have a guard to protect it and keep it under control so that the words that come forth are only a reflection of You. Help me to keep my mouth in check and to only allow words to come out if they are pleasing to You.