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“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26).

God created the universe with His Word.  We have been given the gift of speech.  In all you say, guard yourself.  As a rudder guides a ship, so the tongue guides the mouth.  The word in the mind leads to the word that comes over the tongue.  Do not underestimate the power of the tongue.  With small twists of the truth, the devil deceived Eve and sin came into the world.  Guard your lips and speak only what is pleasing to the Lord.

Lord, You know where I slip up and the old Adam comes falling out.  Teach me to guard my tongue.  Teach me to think carefully and say those things which are pleasing in Your sight.  Teach me to meditate upon Your word.  Your word and wickedness cannot occupy the same place.  Lead me, Lord, to learn from You how to be godly and act according to Your Word.

Lord Jesus, Word made flesh, You have come to lead the way for all who believe.  Guide me, dear Lord, in knowing how to think and speak in such a way that I do not cause myself or others to stumble.  Lead me, Lord, in the way of life You have come to establish.  You are the author of my faith and You know what You are creating in me.  Show me how to walk along with You as the Holy Spirit transforms me.  Amen.

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