Guarding Your Mouth

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 13

Gold Nugget
Verse 3: 
He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

Commentary
The bible tells us that life and death are in the tongue. We usually associate that with how destructive our words can be to others, but we can be just as destructive to ourselves with our own words. Once a guy went on an interview and had the job based on his skills, education and small talk, but after too much rambling revealed things that the employer used against him. The old saying that says, “Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt” actually originated in Proverbs. "Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive." (Proverbs 17:28) On the other hand, not having enough good sense (wisdom), will result in things being said that can be destructive to others as well as yourself. Today’s “gold nugget” says, He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.There have been times where a good filter over my mouth would have saved me and others harm and even embarrassment. As we get older and look back at things we have said and done, sometimes we get a little embarrassed at how revealing our foolishness was to everyone but ourselves. I wish I could say that it was in my twenties that I looked back at foolish things I’ve said and done in my teens, but there seems to be something of the sort from the decades that followed. As I have gotten older, I have learned the hard way to apply today’s lesson. I am slower to speak foolishness and hopefully more in tune with wisdom, but there is still so much growing going on. I have found peace in knowing that I have a source of wisdom in His Word and I have nothing to regret from speaking about the things found therein. On those things, I am quick to speak and have found them to be unto life.

Prayer
Lord, when I am in your Word consistently, I find I have more to say. I hope that when I am not in your Word as I should that I will be slower to speak and less likely to cause destruction with my words. Amen

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