When in Doubt... Tuesday, July 30th 2013

Proverbs 10:19-21

"In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom."
NKJV

There is an old adage that says, "When in doubt, do without." In the area of words, this can be a great reminder to watch our words carefully and not say something we shouldn't. When we are faced with a difficult person or situation, it may be best not to talk much at all but instead, take time to think and pray about your response.

Like in the book of Proverbs, the book of James also reminds us to be careful of our words. They have the power to encourage and the power to destroy, so choose carefully what you say. In fact, today as you talk to those around you, take a mental evaluation of your words. Are you giving others time to speak? Are you encouraging others with your words, or are you using your words to gossip or tear down. Pray that God would give you wisdom on when to speak. After all, another old adage was right when it said, "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all."

Life Lesson: The old adage, "When in doubt, do without," is a great reminder when it comes to speech and idle chatter.

Dear God,
I know there have been times that I spoke out of turn. Forgive me for those moments and give me wisdom on how best to use my words. Allow me to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Use my words to bring others closer to You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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