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November 1

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips

 

The number of watchmen or pickets doing duty and standing guard over our actions and words will be fewer in proportion as the picket line guarding our minds, our thoughts, is a strong one. It is here that we need to be especially on the alert. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” This general truth is particularly exemplified in the regenerate, who are more open in their conduct and language, proportionately, than others. Having the right sentiments at heart they are less on their guard in respect to their manner of expression perhaps than previously; but all the more, they need to remember the words of the Apostle, “If any man sin not with his lips, the same is a perfect man” (Jas. 3:2)

 

Parallel passages: Ex. 22: 28; Psa. 10: 7, 8;12: 3, 4; 34: 13; 41: 5-9; 52: 2-4; 59: 12; 64: 2-5;106: 33; 119: 23; 120; Proverbs. 4: 24; 6:16-19; 8:13;10: 11, 19, 31, 32; 11: 11; 12: 5, 6, 13, 17-19;13: 3; 14: 25; 15: 1, 4, 28; 18: 21; Matthew 12: 34-37; Rom. 3:13, 14; Eph. 4: 25, 29, 31; Col. 4: 6; Titus 1:10, 11; 3:2; James. 1:19, 26; 3:5-10; 4:11; 1.Peter. 3: 9, 10.

 

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