“Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.” Proverbs 11:12 NIV
Read: Proverbs 11:9-13
There have been times we all have been able to put our foot in our mouth. I have been guilty of taking my foot out of my mouth only long enough to get the other one in. The phrase, putting your foot in your mouth, probably originated in the 1800’s. It may refer to the deadly cattle disease, hoof and mouth. Or simply stepping in something that was more than unpleasant. We suffer too often from foot in mouth disease.
‘Place hand in mouth!’ should be the first instruction of the day for many of us. Putting our hands in our mouths and holding our tongues may be the only way we can control our words. By putting our hands in our mouths, we may avoid putting our feet in our mouths.
Can you put your hand in your mouth? Do you ever have a problem holding back misspoken words that come out uncomplimentary, rude and often just plain cruel?
In Romans 14:11 we read; “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God,'” Our tongues can and should be used to honor our LORD with words of praise and respect. We can also lift others up with words of kindness and support.
Place your hand in your mouth and hold your tongue before you put your foot in your mouth…you might find it more appetizing…and more gracious to the hearts of others.
Today’s prayer: “MY HOLY SPIRIT, Thank YOU for always being with me. Thank YOU for the wisdom to know when and what I should and should not say. Help me from putting my foot in my mouth. Amen.”