"True Christmas Wisemen!"
“We spend more time at your parents’ home than we do at mine.” “Your mom tries to trump everything I do or say.” Oohh! Those are fighting words. And during the holiday season we often have some of the worst verbal knock down-drag out quarrels of the year.
Our mouths tend to recite our unfiltered thoughts before we have granted them permission to do so. In Proverbs, the idea of being wise or unwise is directly connected to the way we listen and speak.
12:15 – The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
12:18 – The tongue (words) of the wise brings healing …
In a verbal battle, Proverbs 15 says that a soft answer turns away anger, but harsh words make a situation worse. Proverbs 12:18 says that the tongue of the wise brings healing. And Proverbs 19:11 says that a wise man knows that it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
In this holiday season we can’t forget that our mouths are powerful. With our tongue we can damage or bring peace, point to truth and God’s way or further aggravate a conversation. Before we even walk in the door this Christmas, we can make a plan to let the Holy Spirit control our mouths, and remember that we are not entitled or obligated to have the last word.
Psalm 141:3 – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
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