Good evening y’all. Today we are continuing our study of proverbs. We are in chapter 13.
Verse 3 just did it for me today. Again telling us about our tongue and our words
Be Blessed 🙂
“3 Self-control means controlling the tongue! A quick retort can ruin everything. ( Proverbs 13: 3 TLB)
This verse links back to what we have been discussing regarding words from chapter 10, 11 and 12. Self control is one of the fruits of the spirit and very crucial for us as Christians. Our tongue as small as it is, can do a lot of damage. Basically think before you speak!!!
Proverbs says a man without self control is like a city without walls.This means if you lack self control any thing goes. You will find yourself constantly open to attacks and falling for anything.
“A man without self-control
is like a city broken into and left without walls”. (Proverbs 25: 28 ESV)
A true test of our self control is how well we can control our tongue; restrain our lips from talking when it shouldn’t speak; learning to keep our mouth shut. When we talk without thinking about the impact of our words, we could potentially ruin relationships with other people and land ourselves in trouble. A lot of relationships have been destroyed due to words that have been exchanged. It will pay to calm down, maybe even walk away from the situation and pray before uttering a response. (I am not yet here but this is what I desire daily 🙂 )
Our flesh on the other hand likes to jump up and quickly respond. It always wants to give a peace of our mind and at the end of the day we are left with nothing but broken relationships and lost opportunities.
I will remind us again of James chapter 3 in the TLB and MSG version.
” 2 If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way”. (James 3: 2 TLB)
“A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!” (James 3: 5-10 MSG)
Dear Lord we thank you for this day and for Your Word. Pls help us to guard my words whenever we say something. Pls don’t let us want to do evil or waste our time doing wrong with wicked people. Don’t let us even taste the good things they offer.Thank You Lord for In Jesus Name we have prayed. Amen.
Thanks for joining today. Feel free to share your thoughts on the chapter.
Have a blessed evening 🙂
***With God all things are possible***