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When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 10:19
A fool shows his annoyance at once,
but a prudent man overlooks an insult. Proverbs 12:16
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue. Proverbs 17:27-28
I am convicted by these words today. God has been dealing with me for the last several weeks about my mouth. I boast too much. I gripe too much. I gossip too much. I just flat out talk too much. I have a hard time controlling my tongue and I want to change that starting today.
I want to be a godly man, husband and leader in my community and church. I have to start with the small things. I must love God and my wife. I have to be faithful with my prayer. I have to read my bible. I have to go to church and I have to tithe. But that isn’t enough. If I do all these things yet cannot control my tongue then I am not godly at all. James asks us in James 3:12, “can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?” Certainly not. Neither can a man leave his tongue unbridled and expect to have influence.
I know I can’t do it on my own; I’ve tried. I am glad I don’t have to.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
Thank God for grace.
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