In today’s Proverb devotion at West Woods Christian Academy, we considered the principles of reconciliation found in Chapter 6:2-5.
It doesn’t take too long in life to realize that we can often speak too quickly. The potential to offend, gossip, back bite, and speak too sharply is ever-present. Prevention is better than treatment for sure. It is always better to think first before we speak or join in with someone who may have an “axe to grind”. There may be times when we DO speak out of turn or too critically. It is at times like these that we may offend and cause division. The instruction from this Proverb is to do these things.
1. Deliver yourself, Go and humble yourself and plead with your friend. Plead for forgiveness. Make it right.
2. Don’t ignore the promptings of God’s Spirit. “Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids.”
You’ve been trapped like a gazelle or bird by the very words you allowed yourself to speak. Gain or regain a clear conscience by humbling yourself and making things right.That’s the Biblical prescription for being too quick to act or speak.
In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. Prov.10:19
That may be the reason God made us with two ears and one mouth.
West Woods Christian Academy
Hamden, CT. 06517