Reading: Psalm 120:2-4
2 Save me, Lord,
from lying lips
and from deceitful tongues.
3 What will he do to you,
and what more besides,
you deceitful tongue?
4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
with burning coals of the broom bush.
Thought for Reflection:
‘Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words will never harm me!’ As much as we’d like this to be true, we all know that it’s not. Gossip is one of the most powerful weapons in the world. A well chosen sound bite can destroy a career, undermine a person and destroy their confidence. A child can grow up believing they are worthless because of remarks made by parents and friends.
When we at the receiving end of lying lips, the temptation is to lash out with our tongues to snipe or gossip, but we don’t need to. Why? Because our God hears all that is said and will put things right fairly and with justice.
Lord, guard my mouth so that only loving words come from it. Strengthen me against the temptation to my tongue as a weapon as a weapon, and give me peace in you when others speak against me.