Topic: Think Before You Speak [September 3, 2016]
Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. - Psalm 141:3
Have you ever said something that hurt someone else…or perhaps caused unfavorable consequences for yourself?
I know I have. For years I just said whatever I felt like saying, but thank God I have learned that words are powerful. What you say has the power to impact your life—and the lives of others—for good or bad. So it is wise to think about what you’re going to say before you say it.
You should speak only words of encouragement that will build people up and make them feel better. You get many opportunities every day to put this into practice, but it requires real discipline and determination.
You may have been hurt by someone’s words…or perhaps you have hurt someone with your words. But you can change that, starting now. It will take prayer and discipline, but God will help you develop and exercise control over the words you speak.