MONDAY, JULY 22
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
Proverbs 10:19 (ESV)
THE RECKLESS USE OF OUR WORDS
A burglar broke into an affluent home and was filling his sacks with stolen goods when he heard a deep growl. He looked down to see the biggest Doberman pinscher he had ever seen. But before he had a chance to do anything, he heard a small voice ask, “Who are you? Who are you?” He looked around but couldn’t find anyone or anything that was saying it, and the dog just sat there. So, he continued to rob the house until his bags were full. Then as he was ready to leave the house he noticed a parrot in a cage. As he walked over to the cage the parrot said, “Who are you? Who are you?” The crook looked at the bird and said, “Is that all you can say? ‘Who are you? Who are you?’” Then the parrot replied, “Sic ‘em!”
God gave us the ability to use words to communicate with one another. There are times where we misuse the gift of language with overuse. We may regret when we say too little but most often, we get into trouble when we say too much. We say something out of anger or hurt that we wished we hadn’t said. Once a hurtful word is spoken, the damage is done. Solomon reminds us that we are wise when we say less and listen more. Think about your experience. Are there some words you wish you hadn’t spoken? What damage has resulted? What are you doing now to filter your thoughts and words so that your words will benefit others? Ask the Holy Spirit to help guard your mouth so that Christ is pleased with what you say to others.