"Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble." - Prov. 21:23
Wow, now this verse contains a lot of truth! How many times do we get ourselves into trouble because of what we say?
Another verse that goes along quite well with this one is Proverbs 10:19, "When words are many, sin is not lacking; so he who controls his speech is wise."
I know that many times I've engaged in idle gossip, and regretted it later because I thought, "How would I feel if I had been the person I was talking negatively of?"
It may sound weird, but I love to read verses in God's Word about 'watching your mouth', because they really make me think!
I know that I've said things too hastily that have hurt others' feelings - only to regret what I had said a moment later.
As followers of Christ, we shouldn't want to cause harm by our words.
A insightful chapter in the Bible on the subject is James 3. It talks about how such a little member as our tongues can set a forest ablaze! It speaks of how out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing - and that it isn't right that it is this way!
Clearly, our Lord wants us to control our tongues & watch our mouths. "Set a guard, Adonai, over my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips." ~ Psalm 141:3
I hope this will be our prayer each and every day!