“From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin” (Proverbs 13:2-3 ESV).
We all likely know intuitively that our mouths can get us into a lot of trouble. If not intuitively, we most assuredly know from experience that this is the case. Maybe you have lost your temper, and control of your tongue, with your boss and lost your job as a result. Maybe you’ve said something that betrayed a trust and you’ve lost a friend. I, personally and frequently, engage my tongue before routing my first thoughts through my stupid filter.
We’ve all seen television shows where someone says something that appears to make them guilty of something and lands them in hot water with the NSA, the police, or their spouse. When we see it on television, we usually find it amusing. “That was soooo stupid!” But we often allow our speech to get us in one kind of trouble or another.
I have only ever known one person who had complete control over his tongue. It was often torturous having a conversation with him because every…word…took…forever…to leave his mouth. He was so conscious of the power of words that he meticulously fashioned every sentence to avoid saying something that he would regret. I respected him a lot for that.
Our scripture teaches us that if our speech is God-honoring, we will reap rewards as a result. But if we don’t keep a rein on our words, it will lead to destruction.
It’s messages like this that make me glad that I can edit before I publish! The human voice affords us no such luxury.
Spend some time mindfully evaluating your speech habits. Are you quick to speak whatever pops into your head? Or are you more methodical with your words? What are some ways you can remind yourself to think just a little bit longer before you open your mouth?
Blessings on your day!