Help us Lord and set a guard

Over the door of our lips,

Because whatever is deep inside our heart

From our mouth will eventually slip.

Destructive ways and troubles

Can emanate from within;

Along with meaningless and trifle matters

With outcomes filled with sin.

We either bless or we curse

With what proceeds from our tongue,

And when we’re vigilant with our words

They’re a blessing to everyone.

Our words affect our world

Because either way they bring,

Peace or troubled moments

When they’re released from within.

Our tongue is a tiny member

But can boast many things,

Setting fire on all our issues

Along with heartache it so brings.

Our words cannot be retracted

And regret can remain,

When like arrows they do proceed

To cause chaos in every way.

When wisdom is acquired 

There’s no need to always speak,

But to pray as to whether we should respond

When the Father’s face we seek.

Our words have repercussions

And when like symbols they do clang,

They’re like a spider’s web to set a trap

And like the poison of a fang.

We actually believe

That we’re decent from within,

Until a situation presents itself

Revealing many traits of sin.

Anger is debilitating

And will destroy relationships too,

Because the root problem emanating from within

Is not dealt with through and through.

But unless we cry out to the Lord

And ask Him to intercede,

We’ll continue in familiar ways

Where true peace we will not see.

Because His Spirit does refresh

And will cleanse us from within,

As we examine every thought

Once we’re delivered from our sin.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”  Psalm 141:3

“Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”  Proverbs 21:23

“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”  Proverbs 13:3

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.”  1 Corinthians 13:1

“Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.  See how great a forest a little fire kindles!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.  The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature…”. James 3:5-6

“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.”  James 3:10

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”  James 3:17

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9