Ralph's Daily Devotional - Friday, February 2

Proverbs 13:3 warns against speaking rashly and impulsively without taking the time to rightly consider our words.  In a world of emailing, I find this especially relevant since we are often guilty of saying things that we may later regret.  Consider Jesus' warning of Matthew 12:36 or the admonition of James 1:26.  

Dorothy asked the tin man, "How can you talk without a brain?"  He replied, "I don't know, but haven't you noticed how some people without brains do a lot of talking?"  Our mouths can get us in a lot of trouble. Thank God our sins are forgiven!

Boasting, lying, threatening, gossiping, mocking - all of these terms are used in Proverbs relating to speaking in ways that are foolish and evil.  Also, even when our words are true, it's important to say things in the right way to show humility and sensitivity.  "Speak the truth in love," says Paul.  This is especially true when it comes to how we speak to our spouses.

Then again. there are times when we would be better off saying nothing at all.  This calls for wisdom and discernment.  With all the concern over junk foods, healthy diets and losing weight, how about trying a verbal diet in which we try to lose the "junk words" and "add healthy words" such as, "I love you," "I apologize," and "how can I help?"

We can't take back our foolish words, but we can give them up.

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