Proverbs 13 Short Devotional by Joshua Gale

Proverbs 13:3 (New Living Translation)

3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

For those of you that know me know that I like to talk and that I will talk to anyone. If I could have it my way I would just spend all day every day just talking to people. For some reason Solomon in his wisdom decided to talk about the mouth, lips, and tongue over and over.

Over the past few years I have realized that Christians always like to fix things and usually have good intentions… but sometimes we just need to shut up. We think that we have the best solution to everything and that everyone needs to conform to our understanding. We are so quick to tell others of the law, but how often do we portray the Gospel? How often do we show the love of Christ?

In Galatians chapter 3, Paul is saying that love goes further than law. He is saying that the cross took the place for the curse of the law. If we love as Christ does, than why are we so quick to point a finger at others and tell them their fault? A few of my friends know the Bible inside and out, but still claim to be atheist and agnostic. They all understand the love coming from God the Father and how He gave His one and only son, but they just have one problem… They have never seen that love. There is nothing that I can say that will make them believe, the only thing I can do is love as Christ would.

We should focus less how much we say and focus more how much we deliver. There is so much that God is trying to show us and tell us, but we just need to shut up long enough to hear Him. Do your portray the Gospel in all that you do, or do you just talk about it? Are you quick to tell others their faults, or do you control your tongue?

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