It is important for us to guard our words and our emotions. Words are very important in life, and the Bible attests to that. Let’s see what the Scriptures tell us.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (Jam 1:19 NIV)
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues guard themselves from trouble. (Prov 21:23 CEB)
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. (Prov 10:19 ESV)
Whoever controls his temper is better than a warrior, and anyone who has control of his spirit is better than someone who captures a city. (Pro 16:32 ISV)
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. (Col 3:8 NKJV)
We’re taught by the Word of God to be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry. Do you notice that the only thing we should be QUICK about is listening? Isn’t that opposite to what usually happens?
The wisdom that we can glean from God’s Word is that:
- Restricting our words keeps us away from trouble;
- We should control and limit our words;
- Curtailing our lips is sensible and discreet;
- Being able to control our own spirit is better than conquering an entire city; and
- We should put away anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy and all filthy language.
As we live in harmony with and obedience to the Word of God, we invite God’s blessings upon our lives. Hallelujah!