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Delete may be better than send

Have you ever sent an email or text and then thought, “I shouldn’t have done that…I shouldn’t have said that”? It is so easy today to say things to others—with the simple tap-tap-tap on a keyboard or device—that we should not say at all, and things that we would not normally say with our mouth in person. 

The same verses that apply to words from our mouths also apply to words from our fingers. “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips (OR fingers) is wise” (Prov. 10:19). “For every idle word men may speak (OR type), they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matt. 12:36). “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue (OR fingers) but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless” (Jas. 1:26).

Our prayer should be, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth (AND fingers)” (Psa. 141:3). If it is “one of those messages,” consider hitting Delete before you hit Send.