Day 95

Deuteronomy 28:1‐68; Luke 11:14‐36; Psalm 77:1‐20; Proverbs 12:18

Think Before You Speak

“Rash Words (ouch) are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise man brings (ahhh) healing” (Proverbs 12:18). Remember the phrase “open mouth insert foot”? Guilty! Once harsh words are said, you can’t take them back, you can only live them down. Hurtful words are more damaging than physical hurt, leaving scars on the soul and spirit. Have you ever had a hot-headed employee whose words were stabbing, causing unneeded turmoil? Have you known an angry teen whose ungrateful words cut to the core? Spouses can say regrettably harsh words that destroy their relationship.

Galatians 5 reminds us that the Fruit of the Spirit is love, patience, kindness, and self-control. In James 3, we find that the horse’s bridle or boat rudder guide it, just as a man’s tongue sets a course with his words. A wise man learns to weigh his words before speaking. This comes with age and experience. Resist the devil’s ways and flee from worldly conduct. Show the world God’s kindly words and deeds.

May our words be guided by the Holy Spirit’s love and self-control. We must be wise enough to bridge the gap between harsh and healing words with the balm of love and forgiveness! What would Jesus want us to say?

Lord, teach us to be quick to listen and slow to speak and be an example to the world for you. Help us to think before we speak! Amen.

Susan Blake, Deacon
St Edward’s
Mount Dora, FL