November 15, 2017

Proverbs 15:1 (NLT) — 1 A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

I said previously that the word ‘gentle in our memory verse means to be soft. Now according to Matthew 12:34-35 the condition of one’s heart will determine the condition of ones tongue. A hard heart will produce harsh words. A bitter heart will not produce better words. An apathetic heart will produce empty words. A loving heart will produce caring words, truthful words and encouraging words. A soft heart will produce gentle words.

So as you can see the texture of your heart will determine the texture of your words. If we protect our heart from becoming hard or bitter we protect our tongues from harsh words which just make things worse and not better. That is why Solomon said:

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) — 23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

The heart is the starting point of everything. It is where you make your decisions. So you must guard the thoughts that you allow yourself to think upon. When someone speaks to you unkindly you must think about your response and what the result of that response might be before you let the words roll off you tongue. Is this easy to do? No. However this is part of fighting the good fight of faith. This is training yourself for godliness. This is not being lazy when is it comes to going on to maturity. This is what sets you apart from those who aren’t following Jesus.

This is why you spend time feeding on God’s word so that his thoughts fill your mind. This is why you pray calling on the Lord to create in you a clean heart. This is why you memorize so that you have something good to say. This is why we you on the Holy Spirit to fill you each day and help you to keep a tender heart so you can speak softly. This is why you train your tongue each day praise the Lord.

Here is a good prayer to pray each day to keep your heart soft and you tongue gentle.

Psalm 19:14 (NLT) — 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Ask the Lord to help you start your new career of ‘Tongue Tamer’!

Be Inspired Hilltop!