Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hasty Words: Proverbs 29:20

Proverbs 29:20 (AMP) Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for him.

Wow! What a statement. This reminds me of the guy who does not take time to think about what he is saying, exercises no restraint and continually puts his foot in his mouth. You know the one :0)

Proverbs 19:2 (AMP) Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.
1)      This person is anxious to insert their thoughts into a conversation.
2)      They are not good listeners.
3)      You can see the wheels turning in their head. Before you can finish your  
             thought they are forming a rebuttal.  
4)      Their opinions are the most important and of course always right.  
5)      They simply don’t know when to stop talking. They go on and on and on.

What’s the cure?
1)      Exercise self-control with a measured response. Proverbs 10:19 (NIV) When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
2)      Determine to listen twice as much as you talk.  James 1:19 (AMP) Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.
3)      Remember, you do not have to say everything that comes into your mind. Uses shorter sentences and fewer words. Proverbs 17:27 (NLT) A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.
4)      There are some conversations or situations when silence is the wisest response. Proverbs 17:28 (NLT) Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

Heavenly Father, Help me to take my own advice! There have been too many times in conversations when I have been left with the taste of shoe leather in my mouth.

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