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 20 From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;

    he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

    and those who love it will eat its fruits

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. – Proverbs 18:13

 

I have a problem. It makes me feel like an idiot from time to time. The problem is that I tend to skim emails and text messages. I don’t even know I’m doing it most of the time. But then, I find myself confidently replying to people with questions about things they’ve already answered. What is worse is when I fail to perform a request they’ve made. I answer before I actually hear, much like the proverb above warns. It’s like the old saying, “I put my foot in my mouth.” This is embarrassing and causes some shame because it reveals to others and to myself how quickly and fleetingly I engaged the other person. I realize I want people to think I’m more attentive then that, but my words reveal when I’m not.

What we say or type in emails and text messages exposes what’s going on in our hearts. No matter how well we think we can hide our feelings and motives, they always leak out through our words. Words expose our inner world. Some of us think we’re really good at hiding what’s in our hearts, but our words betray us even through tone of voice. They lay us bare before others. Both our words and the inflections we use are like a thermometer of our heart.

I’m sure you can think of a situation in your life where you’ve left a conversation feeling like you said too much, or too little, or that you spoke with too much emotion. Those moments are an early warning sign of a heart issue and indicate something is going on down deep. Take a moment to reflect on the words you’ve spoken in the past 24 hours. What do your words say about your heart?[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Aaron Bjorklund  

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