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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
May
31

Eh! Watch Your Mouth!

John Tilton

Scripture
"A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered." (Proverbs 17:27)
Observation
The scripture is such a great reminder that choosing our words carefully by thinking first and not being so impulsive in what we say can benefit us dearly. It shows that we are smart not to act too quickly or be hasty. More so, the combination of being able restrain one's self in challenging times and be even-tempered or not prone to overreacting, will give us understanding. Understanding will give us peace. Being at peace will give us a long and healthy. James 1:19 is fitting here telling us to be quick to listen and slow to speak or get angry. Don't we all strive for knowledge and understanding? Well, what gets in the way.
Application
What gets in the way? SELF! Ever have your parents, elders or those in authority tell you "Eh ... watch your mouth!" You knew that meant that the words coming out of your mouth were on the borderline of getting you in trouble. The longer pause after the "Eh" meant the more serious the situation.

When we use restraint, we are able to observe first, thereby gaining us more knowledge.

It is so true that our character and reputation precede us. The Bible says it's not about what is going down, but rather who we are and what our witness is. Lack of restraint and open attacks take so much out of us.
Prayer
Lord, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thus, Lord, as Lanu and I serve you, may you give us knowledge, understanding and support for others.

May I gain leadership attributes and know when to use them strategically with an even keel approach. Often times it is said, the least said the less propensity to get one's self in trouble.

Devotions for May 31

Proverbs 16,17,18
Romans 12

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