Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 5 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 16
Food for Thought: Prov. 16:23
Oh, the trouble that our mouths can cause! But according to Proverbs 16:23, there is hope for us. We can become wiser and choose our words more prudently. “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive (Prov. 17:28).”
The tongue is like a loaded gun. It can cause great harm. There is always the potential for a loaded gun to injure. That is why James 3:5-8 speaks of the dangers of the tongue, saying that no one can tame it. It is always “loaded.” But, like a loaded gun, if handled correctly, casualties are prevented. Another analogy is to consider the tongue as a venomous snake, very capable of striking; it must be handled with great care, or it will bite.
The good news is that, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit and giving love full reign, we can know exactly how to handle the tongue and take the necessary steps to keep it from striking. I Corinthians 16:14 says, “Let all that you do be done with love.” We see similar instructions in I Peter 3:8-11:
“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For
‘He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.’”
We cannot accomplish this on our own or with just our “will-power.” But since the Greater One lives in us, we can draw from His ability and His wisdom. In His strength, despite our own natural weakness, we are made strong. It’s not a lost cause. We can use our mouths for good and avoid the words that we would later regret if we didn’t handle our mouths with the proper precautions.
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