Proverbs 21:23 – Troublesome tongues

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

(Pro 21:23 ESV)

This seems to fit pretty squarely in the “self-evident” category. How many times have we blurted out exactly what we were thinking at a particular moment (of brutal honesty) and then immediately wished we could pull everything we just said right back into our mouths? If you haven’t been there then I’d like to shake your hand and be your friend!

The fine art of pausing, thinking and considering whether or not to say what’s on our mind is something that takes practice. Unfortunately there are all too many adults who still haven’t mastered the skill.

Keep yourself out of trouble; learn to place thinking one step ahead of speaking. It’s a tough habit to form, but a discipline well worth learning!


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