By Barbara Lighthizer
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 15:28
Central Thought: Do we think before speaking?
How many times have we regretted speaking in anger? We know our words have wounded a family member, friend or coworker when a hurtful expression clouds his or her countenance. Words cannot be erased from someone's memory, even if he or she understands our regret. We promise ourselves never to repeat our mistakes, but often our resolve ends in defeat.
The Lord instructs us regarding our conversation in various verses throughout the Book of Proverbs. In today's Scripture He gives a sharp contrast between the worldly and godly approaches to speaking. The ungodly say whatever comes to mind no matter how hurtful or thoughtless, and the casualties of their approach are evident in broken homes and troubled friendships. The godly are slow to respond, giving time to consider how to best state their responses. A quick prayer for guidance and a pause to weigh the consequences of our words may help us avoid lasting damage to our relationships. Is speaking one's mind worth hurting a loved one or friend?
To speak in a godly fashion, we need to develop a deeper relationship with our Lord and pray for Him to teach us how to speak the truth in love. We can choose to uplift people with our conversations. Regardless of our ages or occupations, we can use our words to encourage those around us.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, please help me to guard my tongue so I won't hurt others, and help my conversation to be always pleasing in Your sight.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-2:11; John 12:20-50; Psalm 118:19-29; Proverbs 15:27-28