Wednesday, August 24, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.- Proverbs 13: 3 (UKJV)
LISTEN : Humans enjoys talking. We enjoy saying everything that our eyes sees and all that our ears hears. We want to be seen making inputs in all matters, even in matters that are too high for us. Unfortunately, everything we say has a corresponding consequence. Some talks comes with huge consequences, hence the bible said, ” He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” (Proverbs 13: 3). Oh! How often have the foolish, headstrong, and wicked, forfeited their lives by the treasonable or blasphemous words they have spoken! The tongue is good if it is used well; but destructive when wrongly applied.
He that enjoys talking without control should be ready to face what comes out of it. The bible calls such a person, ” He that opens wide his lips.” That is, he that puts no bounds to his loquacity, one who speaks on every subject, and gives his judgment and opinion on every matter. No doubt, God has given us two Eyes, that we may see much; two Ears, that we may hear much; but has given us but one Tongue, and equally fenced it with the teeth, to indicate that though we hear and see much, we should speak but little. Sadly, we have often violated this design by the urge to talk as much as we want to our own detriment. If you must talk, it’s advised that you watch what you say. Examine Your thoughts before voicing them out as words. Don’t talk down others, instead suggest a better way to get it right.
Beloved, do you know that your talk can create more problems than the solution you seek? Have you ask yourself, this matter I have joined myself to criticise, am I doing it to proffer solution or just to damage the reputation of others? Why not work towards bringing solution – oriented suggestion to address the issue you have joined to talk about? Perhaps, you may be the solution you seek if you’re not sentimental and judgmental. Keep your lips and save your life. Keep your mouth from speaking things of other persons, particularly of such as are in high places, people in authority, of kings and princes. When you watch your tongue, it will keep you from many troubles, which otherwise you would have come into; keeping your lips will keep your life from danger, to which you would have been exposed, should you speak evil of dignities. Those that are reckless with their mouth are indirectly playing with their lives (Proverbs 18 : 21). Besides, you ought to be careful of your words, since by them a man will either be justified or condemned hereafter (Mt 12:37). So watch your words!
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
I. Don’t be hasty with your mouth, always watch what you say.
2. If you must speak, speak to bring solutions.
3. Cultivate the spirit of self-control and don’t be reckless with your words.
4. Don’t be a friend to a habitual talkative.
Daily Task : Examine Your thoughts before voicing them out as words. Don’t talk down others, instead, warmly suggest a better way to get it right.
Daily Reflection : He that puts no bounds to his talkativeness, and speaks on every subject, and gives his judgment and opinion on every matter, should be prepared for the troubles therefrom.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I ask for grace to speak only words approved by you in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word: Today I decree upon your life, every word you’ll speak will not land you in trouble but save you from it in Jesus ‘ name.