I need to push rewind again, Lord. One of my first blog post was about how people hurt each other, and I wrote that if we could push rewind and hear what we had said, how would we feel about the words we spoke. No matter how many times I pray for guidance with my tongue it is for naught when I open my mouth and speak without thinking about those who are impacted by my words. Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” is beating through me right now. I am eating the fruits of my tongue. I did not stop before I allowed my tongue to bear it’s sour fruit, so now I must partake of the fruit. Yet, even in this moment when I know that God is the only one who can control my tongue. James 3:8, “But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” These words are a reminder that I alone can not tame my tongue.
God’s Guidance and Healing
As I pray for God’s guidance for reconciliation for the words I have uttered, I find myself seeking God’s guidance from Proverbs. Reading these words, I see that God is showing me both my wrongs and bringing peace to my heart. I know that I can not heal the wounds that I have opened, but I pray that God will, as I learn from His words and seek his guidance. My heart remembers God’s promise in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” This verse gives me hope that God will heal and bring good from my tongue.
Proverbs is full of painful verses at this time for me, but lessons that I need at this time. God’s word is special that way in knowing just what you need to read or hear whether for comfort or to teach. Here are my lessons:
Proverbs 12:18, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Proverbs 13:3, “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”
Proverbs 17:27, “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”
Proverbs 21:23, “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
I pray God is speaking before you speak.
Closing Verse: Ecclesiastes 3:7, “A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;”
Challenge: May God give you more wisdom when using your tongue so it brings knowledge and understanding instead of poison that stabs at those you love.