Think Before You Speak

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your words caused more harm than good? Perhaps you spoke harshly to a loved one – a child, parent or spouse – and later regretted it, or maybe you were in a heated argument with a coworker that quickly escalated.

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

– Proverbs 15:1 ESV

Proverbs 15:1 encourages you to contemplate your words before you say them. When you respond to others with kindness and gentleness, you can diffuse potentially volatile situations and pursue an optimistic perspective, rather than barking a knee-jerk response that could exacerbate a problem and hinder a resolution.

Jesus taught about the importance of controlling your words in Matthew 12:36-37, where He said, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned” (ESV). Speech has amazing power, and you can think before you speak to kindly shape a positive outcome by carefully communicating.

Carefully spoken words can bring an optimistic outcome and build healthier relationships.

James 1:19 states, “… be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” You should take the time to listen carefully to what others are saying before you respond, and you should avoid becoming angry too quickly. It requires patience and self-control, but it can help you build stronger relationships with others as you build a stronger relationship with the Lord.

Controlling your speech is not just a matter of social etiquette but a spiritual discipline that can profoundly impact your relationships. It can be challenging, but the Lord wants to help you be successful. 

Today’s One Thing

Ask the Lord for His help to cultivate wisdom in your heart and head so you can practice self-control and respond wisely with your words. He wants to give you this ability – ask and pursue.

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