Guard Your Lips
Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 53:1-6 | Josh 7:16-9:2 | Luke 16:1-18 | Proverbs 13: 2-3
Today’s Scripture Focus: Proverbs 13:2-3
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. (Proverbs 13:3 NIV)
One of the common themes of Proverbs is the importance of choosing our words wisely. Wise words bring blessing and delight. Ill chosen words bring trouble and ruin.
Sometimes the most important thing we can say is nothing at all. “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives.” In a heated moment, we say so many things we regret. In a careless moment, we say things that hurt and offend. Without even realizing it, a word that was on our tongues before we had carefully considered it in our minds brings unintended consequences.
Sometimes the most important thing we can say must wait for another day. Maybe this is not the moment where it can be received. In the heat of a battle of words, our ears and minds take a back seat. Cooler heads may be required before words become conversation (listening, hearing and then speaking).
Often we speak too quickly. We engage mouth before mind. Listen, think, and then sometimes use words.