“I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.'” Psalm 39:1 NIV
Read: Psalm 39
There is an old saying: “Keep quiet and people may think you’re ignorant or open your mouth and prove it.” Sometimes these old sayings hit home, don’t they? How many times have you blurted out an opinion? As the words passed your lips you reached for them, wanting to take them back…but it was too late!
Words quickly spoken can hurt others, but they hurt us the most. If you are quick to speak, others may come to know you as opinionated, a braggart, rude, condemning, judgmental, misinformed, or just plain ignorant. Does the shoe fit?
Too often, we speak before we think and others easily find fault with our off base comments. There is another old saying when building something…”Measure twice, cut once.” We all would be wise to ‘think twice, speak once”. Maybe, that is why GOD gave us two ears to hear and only one mouth to speak.
When JESUS was telling HIS twelve of coming judgment by the pharisees and all that would follow, Peter spoke in disbelief in Matthew 16:22; “Peter took HIM aside and began to rebuke HIM. “Never, LORD!” he said. “This shall never happen to YOU!”
Peter was to lead the church, but his weaknesses were his quick tongue and acting without thinking. Peter learned. You can learn, just as Peter did, to think twice and speak once. Prove it!
Today’s prayer: “JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for forgiving all my mistaken words and actions. Help me today, to prove to all that I am after YOUR desires for my life and not of my own. Help me to ‘prove it’. Amen.”