STILL THE MOMENT BEFORE YOU SPEAK:
by Shirley Rhodes
You may never know how the words that flow from your lips will affect someone else. It has always been said, “Think before you speak.” Intentions of the heart can be good, but is the time appropriate. You live in a world in which communication is one of the greatest tools given to humans; therefore, when used productively and wisely all can benefit. Throughout scripture you find frequent references to the tongue and its results, for out of the mouth come words of love, hate, encouragement and/or strength for building a better world all seek to inhabit. For the scriptures says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your (God) sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14; NKJV).
What the scripture says about words and tongue as well as behavior and attitude is there as a guide for applying them to your lives as you journey; better yet, your instruction manual for godly living:
Anyone …who thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue deceives his own heart (James 1:22). The tongue …defiles the whole body…no man can tame the tongue; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. We bless our God and Father…yet curse men made in the similitude of God (James 3: 5). The words you speak can have lasting effects on an individual, so be mindful of what you speak before your tongue is engaged.
When you study the life of Jesus and the many things he had to say you’ll find no gossiping or hurtful words spoken. Understanding logic and meaning for methods of communicating brings you into a place and time you value the idea of positive thinking which helps you to relate to those you come in contact with. For the bible teaches that wisdom from above is pure, willing to yield, full of good works, without partiality, hypocrisy, sown in peace by those who make peace (James 3:17).
Finally, what-so-ever you do or say, think of how the words from your tongue will affect the person(s) on the receiving end. Are they good thoughts, good enough to encourage a weary soul? Remember to STILL THE MOMENT BEFORE YOU SPEAK.