Those who are careful about what they say keep themselves out of trouble. Proverbs 21:23 (NCV)
In the devotionals this week we have been learning about taming our temper in various areas. Today, we will learn about taming our mouth (or having self-control when it comes to what we say). Are you the type of person who is careful when they speak to others or do you respond based on how you feel in the moment? The Bible encourages us to have restraint (self-control) when we speak. In Proverbs 15:1 we learn that: A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
An easy way to tell if you have self-control when you speak is to ask a close friend or your spouse. They will undoubtedly give you an honest answer. You may feel that you speak in a pleasant manner to everyone, but others may feel that you use harsh or abrasive words. Now, you can’t get offended and argue when they give you their honest opinion. Why? In our own eyes we are always correct: People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart (Proverbs 21:2). So, reflect today on how you speak to others, with a focus on speaking with kind words in love.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be careful about what I say. Help me to stop and reflect before I speak. Forgive me if I have spoken harshly to others. Help me to have self-control in every area of my life, specifically in how I speak to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.