The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. Proverbs 15: 28
There’s so much in the Bible about right speaking, and I always need to be reminded of this particular principle.
I don’t think I am all that wicked (especially since the Holy Spirit came to abide within), but my mouth does tend to pour out things.
And when it “pours,” there’s a better chance that my words are sinful, if not evil.
I typically pour when I’m anxious or angry. I sometimes pour when I am processing something, but even then, there’s a chance that something not so helpful might slip in my speech and out of my mouth.
I certainly need to learn to ponder. To wait. To think.
Before I answer.
When I wait and think, and especially when I wait, think, and pray, it’s more likely that my answer will more fully align with what God has in mind. I have the chance to let Him help me answer appropriately.
Dear Lord: Help me to remember to stop and ponder before I answer – instead of pouring out the first thing that comes to mind! Oh, and I need to apply this to both the spoken and the written word!! Amen