“Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” Romans 6:13 (NLT)
I have heard the idea of asking, “How can I be a present to God?”during the Christmas time. Also, there is the New Year’s resolution where each year we want to be better about our walk with God, right? However you look at it, we are supposed to give ourselves to God completely; and if December or January is when we actually are reminded of this then that is encouraging!
Use our whole body as an instrument to do what is right…hmm. Does that include our mouth? Ouch. That is hard, isn’t it? Our mouths say and do things almost on their own. In Psalm 141:3, Proverbs 21:23 and in the book of James, we see the value of guarding the mouth.
Here is a thought. When we first get married, we see little imperfections in our husband and pass them off as insignificant; we don’t share those things. We regard that as guarding our mouths. I also know that, often early on, we try to encourage our husbands by building them up and state that they are amazing when actually; they can be hurting our spirit/hearts. We so hope that if we say that he is amazing that he will be encouraged and become motivated to become more sensitive and Christ-like.
Or, perhaps you do share and it backfired and you learned rather quickly to guard your mouth; you stop talking. What if I told you that I am not sure that this is what guarding your mouth means? Actually, that is silence. Another way wives can respond is to lash out and get very angry saying all kinds of things that we later even regret.