Everyday I take time to read the daily devotional on Proverbs 31. I find things there that often times teach me how to help others. However, yesterday the post helped me and something I have been going through. This time I was hurt by another's hasty words, but often times it is my hasty words that hurt others. I often "stick my foot in my mouth". By nature, I am a very blunt person. In my younger years I would just say whatever came to my mind. As I've gotten older I've learned (often the hardway) that sometimes my silence speaks volumes.
I've reflected on the questions that were in yesterday's post. Do I think before I speak? When do I usually speak in a negative manner? How can my words bring healing to others? and one of my own, Are my words a reflection of Christ in me?
I am going to try even harder to watch what I say and how I say it. I never want to be responsible for causing another to stumble. I am a minister's wife, and many times I am called to edify others, lift others up, and encourage others. I want to be an example of Christ.
The following verses were also listed on the Proverbs 31 website. They are so true that I just had to share them. These are from the King James Version Bible.
Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
What are your words saying to others?
Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.