Watch Your Mouth

Watch what comes out of your mouth. Put away all crooked speech and devious talk. Proverbs 4:24 adapted

MP900285144[1]Watch your mouth! That’s good advice. Whenever we say whatever we feel like saying, we are setting ourselves up for trouble, misunderstandings and hurt feelings.

Obviously this has been a problem for a long time. Thousands of years ago the writer of Proverbs warned his readers to think before they spoke. But he didn’t stop there. He knew that keeping an eye on what comes out of our mouths is just the beginning. He wants us to also put away everything that is crooked or devious.

In other words, we aren’t just supposed to watch what we say, we are to filter our words. We are to clean up our speech!

As a follower of Jesus Christ I know that I am called to speak the truth in love. I can do that, and I try to do that as often as possible. The MP900422733[1]problem for me is not the loving truth I try to   share, but everything else. The self-serving comments, the exaggerations and the thoughtless words I speak often compromise or negate the message of truth I am trying to communicate.

The wise person realizes that saying the right thing is just the beginning. We also have to strive, with God’s help, to turn away from wrong things. Those wrong things are often words that should have been left unsaid.

MP900423032[1] So speak the truth in love, and let love empower you to set aside crooked speech and turn away devious talk.

Let love inspire you to spread the truth and leave everything else behind!

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