READ : Proverbs 10:14-21
“When words are many, transgression is not lacking.” (v. 19)
A little sign caught my eye. It said, “He who thinketh by the inch, and talketh by the yard, deserveth to be kicked by the foot.” Ouch!
Jesus said, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil” (Matt. 5:37).
How often in the evening our words of the day come back to haunt us. Many of them we wish we had swallowed instead of spoken; words that put others down; words that reflected inner anxieties which we should have worked through before speaking; words which passed tales we couldn’t verify; words that reflected more unbelief than faith.
We’re in danger of being like one of our early American presidents, of whom it was said, “Listening to him was like watching an army of words, surging over a hill top, in search of an idea.”
No doubt two prayers from the Psalms are appropriate for most of us today: “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (51:10) and “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (19:14).
Lord, by the inner working of your Spirit help me think before I speak and to speak words that help others rather than hurt. Amen.