Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14 ESV).
James says the tongue is a fire (James 3:6). It is a small part of our body but it can wreak great havoc. One small slip – one little word – and we start a fire that is difficult to put out, because we could not control what comes out of our mouths. We get in so much trouble because of our mouths.
Learning to control our tongues can be difficult but so can learning to control our thoughts. David asks God to help him with his words and his meditations (Psalm 19:14). In the book of Proverbs, Solomon warns his son to “keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Pro. 4:23 ESV). The Christian must learn to guard his or her mind because words and actions begin as thoughts. If we don’t guard our minds, our minds will succumb to any and every tempting thought, and “desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin” (James 1:14-15 ESV).
The way to guard your mind is to examine all the influences and influencers in your life. Replace negative, distracting, or tempting voices, music, videos, websites, and games with things which uplift, encourage, inspire and motivate you to do what is acceptable and pleasing in God’s sight. The apostle Paul counsels you to be influenced by those things which are honorable, holy, right, good, excellent (Php. 4:8). Guard your mind, because it is the source of words and actions.