Think B4 U Speak!

6 Nov

Foot in Mouth“A closed mouth gathers no feet.”

“Even a fish woudn’t get in trouble if he kept his mouth shut!”

~ both, Anonymous

In LOL with God, we wrote several devotionals about the tongue, because even though we can encourage others and speak the truth, that little member of our body really trips us up!

In “A Skillful Ministry of Words,” I  (Dawn) wrote, “Have you ever opened your mouth, spouting something ‘smart’… and then instantly regretted it? … After a friend misspoke among a group of ladies, I teased, ‘Well, that was brilliant.’ When I saw the look of hurt on my friend’s face, I clapped my hand over my mouth in shame. I asked her to forgive me in front of the other ladies, but our relationship was never the same.”

Oh, how I regretted those words. We really need to be careful what we say, don’t we? Our words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says we have the power to build or destroy with our tongue. Perhaps this is why Solomon says, “let your words be few.”

Think about it. If someone recorded your words today, and then played them back for you to hear, would you be happy to hear your comments, or ashamed? The key is to think first! “Be careful of your thoughts,” said Ira Gassen. “They may become words at any moment.”

I love the Bill Watterson cartoon Calvin & Hobbes, and especially the characters’ take on thinking and speaking. Calvin says, “Sometimes when I’m talking, my words can’t keep up with my thoughts. I wonder why we think faster than we speak?” Hobbes answers, “Probably so we can think twice.”

Two scriptures can to help us think through the kind of words that build and heal:  “…[the virtuous woman] speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction….” (Prov. 31:26); and “Let your conversation be always full of grace….” (Col. 4:6)

Let’s try to use the kinds of words God would use ~ words that built people up, encourage them, help them, or instruct them in love.

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