A pastor once instructed his congregation to come forward so he could “pray for their tongue’s foot-by-foot —honestly. Ouch! I didn’t know any of those folks but I’m sure they would’ve needed some help to hold their tongues.
Come to think of it, I think most of us could use some help in that area; I know I could. Let’s be honest. Sometimes it is hard to keep silent when more and more people are lacking intelligence or good judgment —which is one definition for the word dumb— and we are the ones to suffer for it.
However, God’s word instructs us that it is often wise to be dumb —dumb as in not speaking. Proverbs 21:3 says: He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. So, the question for today is, how dumb are we? I don’t know about you, but I pray that someday I can be the kind of person who always curbs my tongue.
There is reward in that. Those who refrain their tongue from evil, Scripture instructs, will love life and see good days (I Peter 3:10). It really would be dumb of us to let our tongues go loose until the pastor has to pray for it foot-by-foot. Let us instead, obey Scripture and bridle our tongues. Now that would be smart!