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Letter From Andy Diemer - June 23, 2021

Letter From Andy Diemer

June 23, 2021

Guard Your Lips

Hello Brethren,

What you say matters. Your words can bring a blessing or a curse, and by them God will judge you. The words that you speak are the measure of the person you are, "for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34). God links our eternal salvation to what we say. In the end, our words will decide our fate. "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matthew 12:36-37).

As important are the things that you say, none of us can control our tongue. For "no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison" (James 3:8). What then can you do? You can do what David did; he asked God to help him watch his words. He prayed, "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips" (Psalms 141:3). None of us can mind our words perfectly, but God will help you if you ask Him.

Do you try to control your tongue? If you are doing that, you will save your life. Because "He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction" (Proverbs 13:3). In the Church, what we say to one another matters very much. You help build up the Church by letting "no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification" (Ephesians 4:29).

Ask God for His help to control your words and to watch what comes out of your lips. The consequences of what you say will bring good or evil to yourself and others. So, always make the effort with God's help to guard your lips and "Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt" (Colossians 4:6)!

Warm regards,

Andy Diemer

Pastor