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Topic: SLIP OF THE TONGUE (01/26/17)
TITLE: Hesitation Before Haste
By Jennifer Woodley
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That feeling of finding ourselves trapped where we least want to be is a frightening one and gives rise to inner panic. How did we get ourselves in this situation? We have all been there. A series of thoughtless words finds us backed into a corner floundering to escape.
In retrospect this predicament can be easily avoided. Hasty, impetuous words lead to trouble, whereas the wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to a matter before answering. We have all exercised little thought or wisdom before a slip of the tongue was made that landed us in an uncomfortable corner full of panic over promises that we can’t keep. Is it an over-inflated ego that causes us to make pledges that we can’t carry out? Or are we trying to be the people-pleasers that make a good impression before others? At the heart of the matter, pride is lurking to trip us up.
But God is gracious to those who seek Him earnestly. Prayerful reflection reveals our mistake and provides the way out. Honesty is the best approach, admittance of our hasty words and an apology for the inconvenience we have caused. Humility will be honored and freedom will be found.
“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3
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