Do you sometimes feel you just want to give someone a piece of your mind? You feel angry for being wronged in some way perhaps be it by a stranger, friend or family member? You feel it is your 'right' to get that last word and consequently maybe have won the 'battle'. But really is it a good thing to keep the fire of arguments going by spouting off to someone? Even in anger over some minor issue if we are not careful and do not 'engage our brain' first we may end up regretting what we say or even, in this electronic age, what we text or email to someone. Be careful and let your words be few. Do not make assumptions about things or jump to conclusions then say something that you will regret later. It is so easy to just talk that is why we have to be ever so careful to think, think, think before we 'babble' on.
Do you have a tongue problem? Do you feel you want or need to get the last word in to prove your point? Getting anger under control is part of controlling what randomly pops out of our mouth. If we can learn to live in peace with everyone then we are less likely to just spew forth unnecessary words from our mouth.
Learn to have self control. Overlook an offense. Do not feel you have to 'talk last'. Walk away from a potential conflict situation. Pray for whoever it is that is starting to stoke fires to get 'tongue battles' going. Ecclesiastes 5:2 says "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few." In James 1:19 there is an awesome scripture which should be memorized by newlyweds and followed and it says "This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger." There would be allot less legal battles between people if this verse was followed. Give up your right to be angry and move on. Turn the other cheek. Walk away.
Proverbs 16:32 says "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." Proverbs 17:27 says "A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered." Ecclesiastes 7:9 says "Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools". Pursue a peaceful spirit and get the urge to retaliate under control. Psalm 34:14 says "Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."
Proverbs 10:19 says "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." Do you want to be wise or a fool? God can help you maintain peace so let Him.
PRAYER: Lord I want to be careful what I say. Even when I have been hurt or offended help me to know it is not your desire for me to be arguing back and forth or trying to hurt the person who hurt me. Help my Lord instead pray for the person who hurt me. Thanks that I have the ability to do this with your help. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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