Wouldn’t it be great if these valuable directions were posted as constant reminders at all the intersections? How many times could difficult situations be avoided if we simply kept certain thoughts to ourselves?
Speaking the right words at the appropriate time is important, but so is restraining our desire to say what we shouldn’t, because once words are spoken, they can’t be un-spoken or erased. An uncontrolled tongue spewing idle or hateful verbiage is divisive and damaging. A few angry words can destroy relationships that might have taken years to develop, so sifting words through a filter of love before they are released from our mouths is a crucial practice.
I’ve often heard the quote, “God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason,” and I’m sure if we all listened twice as much as we spoke, all of our relationships would be much better off, and anger would be in our rearview mirrors.
Remember: What we say is important, but so is what we don’t say.
- “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint” Proverbs 17:27a (NIV)
- “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19 (NIV)
- “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34b