Which is better, Speaking or Listening….

Psalms 141:3 “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Which is better, Speaking or Listening!

Do you find yourself wondering why you said that and how can you take it back? Once words are released they can never be taken back. Yes, you can apologize which is very often appropriate but the sting and memory remains. The tongue, frequently is not such a wonderful thing and too often very dangerous…

James 3:5, 6 “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles| and the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course
of nature.”

Prov 10:19, 20 “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;”

I all too frequently relate well to the sticking of one’s foot in the mouth syndrome…..

The solution….

Prov 21:23 “Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”

There is one big helper in our effort to keep our feet out of our mouths. Here is the revealing question for you this morning. Do you spend more time listening than talking? God would have us to be better listeners than speakers which is why we have two ears and one mouth. It’s never too late to change…..LISTEN to this!

James 1:19 “Finally my brethren let everyone be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath.”