October 8, 2018
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19
Your tongue can get you into a lot of trouble. Nothing can do more damage to your relationships than your words.
Proverbs 17:27 says, “He that hath knowledge spareth his words.” Now, there’s a seeming contradiction—if you have knowledge, if you’re so smart, why wouldn’t you speak a lot? But it’s saying, “If you’re smart, you won’t talk so much.” When you do talk, bear in mind the warning, “Keep your words warm and sweet; later you may have to eat them.”
There’s an old saying I heard a rabbi use once:
“The ears are open and out. They’re unguarded. But the tongue is behind ivory bars.”
• When you’re talking, you’re not learning.
• When you’re not learning, you’re not communicating.
• When you’re not communicating, there will be no intimacy in your relationships.
In what ways has your mouth gotten you into trouble this week? Confess those times before the Lord and ask for strength and wisdom to be a better communicator. And look for opportunities to listen more.