How many times do we roll our eyes and think, “How could I have said something so stupid?”
We can keep our souls from trouble – the trouble that comes from others tormenting us for hurting them or from the nagging guilt from saying dumb things – only if we actively
Guard our mouths. Here are some commonsense suggestions that can change your life:
1. Every morning, ask God for wisdom about your words.
2. Before any significant conversation, take a minute to define your goals.
Also, identify any topics or issues to avoid or treat diplomatically.
3. Watch out for any temptation to use sarcasm to get a laugh. (Stopping
that habit may severely limit the number of words some of use!)
4. In conversations, be aware that words can kill or cure. If you feel emotions
rising, take a deep breath and don’t let your words fly!
5. From time to time, give yourself a progress report on how well you’re
guarding your mouth.
For all of us, learning a new skill takes time and effort. And for some of us, the learning
curve for guarding our words is really steep. Still, the peace of mind and joy of relationships are worth the effort.