“Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.” (Reference: Psalm 34:11-13 )
I want to go back farther, beloved, beyond the historic Anabaptists – who of course exhorted their children and each other to “keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile. Eschew evil, and do good: seek peace, and pursue it.” I want to go back to the writer of Psalms who extolled the Lord’s virtues and deliverance. Who sought the Lord and found the Divine who delivered the writer from all his/her fears. And in response to this blessing from the Lord, the writer of Psalms exhorts us to live good Christian lives, monitoring our tongue and as a preventive, our thoughts.
More recently, that is, five years ago I wrote the following.
“It seems to be a simple formula; tell the truth and speak only of positive things and you will have good days. But let us be sure that we have the formula going in the correct direction. It does not mean that all your days will be good because you have told the truth and have spoken only of good things. There will still be bad days, sad days, days that are filled with pain, sorrow, and all the other turmoils of life. But what you can be sure of is that all your days will be like that if you lie and seek out evil. You have a better chance of having good days if you put only good and truth into them. And that is all there is to say. “
May you beloved chatter with purpose, compassion, forgiveness, mercy and love. Selah!