Bridle Your Tongue
(#090 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. (James 1:26)
Oh my King, I pray that a guard would remain on my tongue and that these lips would utter no deceit. If others curse me Father, silence will be my reaction. Remind me that I am but dust. Remind me quickly how my affirmation can only come from You. Yes, others may approve of me, but for how long and why? Only Your favor fills this soul of mine. Father, this Spirit You placed in me causes me to ponder many things, yet these three come to mind often:
1. First Father, is how remarkable it is that this Spirit you placed in me is not impressed with the praise of men. Yes, the Spirit that marks me is only truly energized by Your approval. Oh, how I treasure this new nugget of wisdom. I was created for love and only Your love towards me is the pure love the Spirit in me craves;
2. Second Father, is the depravity of men, even those who call themselves, “brothers.” How quickly they turn. You certainly did warn me that this would happen as they even consider it a service to You (John 16:2);
3. Third Father, is the reality that I am a daily target for the minions who would never consider losing their lives to find You; yes, because I bear Your mark. Their purpose is to destroy and harm Your children.
Again I say yes Father. Grant me the spirit of humility; may I be like dust to all men so that I might win some. Grace me with the wisdom to know when to speak and when to stay silent. I beg you My King, that you grant me this most precious of gifts. I will then serve You in silent adoration, waiting for my orders.