Did you ever have a cup of “Foot-in-Mouth” tea? That bitter taste of shoe-leather just stays with you all day, even all week. It’s the kind of tea you drink again and again, wishing you had never had it the first time. Oh, this happens to me sometimes. The wrong words come tumbling out, and then over and over again I replay those words in my mind, trying to erase them from my memory. What can we do at a time like this? Come to Jesus.
It’s time to sit down with Jesus for TEA CUPP prayers and focus on the “A” today. Let’s ADMIT our sins to Jesus, who already knows them anyway. Give Him all the wrong words and let Him wash away the hurts with His special “Foot-in-Mouth” anecdote…God’s Word…
First, He convicts us with His Word…
The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. Matthew 12:36 (NIV)
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. Matthew 15:18 (NIV)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. James 3:8-10 (NIV)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9 (NKJV)
Then, I ask for His forgiveness…
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know….
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:3, 6 (NIV)
My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, LORD, how long?
Turn, LORD, and deliver me;
save me because of Your unfailing love. Psalm 6:3-4 (NIV)
Jesus promises me my sins are forgiven…
Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48 (NIV)
“I, even I, am He who blots out
your transgressions, for My own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25 (NIV)
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 (NIV)
Finally, I pray that I won’t drink “Foot-in-Mouth” TEA again…
I said, “I will watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin. Psalm 39:1 (NIV)
“Teach me, and I will hold my tongue;
Cause me to understand wherein I have erred. Job 6:24 (NKJV)
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD;
keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 (NIV)
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in Your sight,
LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NIV)
No more shoe-leather…a fresh new day…God bless you, my friends!