Holding Your Tongue
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
keep themselves from calamity. – Proverbs 21:23
How often do we find ourselves saying something that we regret, or wanting to take back the words that we’re saying as we’re saying them. As Proverbs 21:23 says if we guard our tongues, if we’re careful in what we say and think about what we’re saying then we can stop a whole load of offence and pain. Arguments start a lot of the time from what we say… so what if we think about what we’re saying?
In James 1:19 it says “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”. We should listen and understand what people are saying and from what heart they are saying it, people may be frustrated with us and tell us we’re doing wrong, rather than acting out of a place of offence and arguing back we should listen and wait until we speak… don’t just speak out of our emotions but speak from a place of love.
Later in James 3:9-10 James says “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.”
Our tongues can either bring praise or they can do a lot of damage and hurt others… we need to tame our tongues. Choosing instead to praise God and speak loving words to people all the time. God is love, and we’re made in His image, we need to be reflecting the goodness of God… the love of God, in the way we act as well as in everything that we say.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing. – Proverbs 12:18
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