Reference: I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” (Psalm 39:1)
Explore: “The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.”
I recently read this quote online and had to agree. So often I listen to people just waiting for them to pause or to finish so I can get my point across.
Hearty dialogue is not bad, however, if it is the only way we communicate then we will never learn from other people. It will only be our thoughts and ideas that we keep hearing.
Application: The psalmist curbed their tongue and found it very difficult. I think we would find the same. However, there are times when it is good for us to be silent and just listen rather than speak.
We just have to look in the mirror to be reminded that we have only one mouth but two ears. Yet we often lead with our mouths and it is our words spoken in haste that get us in trouble.
Let us learn from those wiser than us, that we must guard our words and guide our tongue.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we speak out of turn. May our tongues be guided by love and grace. Amen.
When have your words got you in trouble?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible.
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