We have two ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we speak right? But how often do we actually hear to listen rather than hear to be prepared to speak? Are you listening to understand? Are you actually listening at all or just preparing for the moment you are going to get to speak? Ever been in a situation where you hear two people talking but it would appear they aren’t hearing what the other person is saying? Ever been in a moment where people are talking at each other rather than to each other? Imagine taking time to listen to what the other person is saying, actively listening to the point of echoing back in your own words what you heard before proceeding with your thoughts or response. How would things be different if we stopped to listen to what others are saying? How would things be better if we took time to understand before we started to speak? How would we be able to come together and unite better if we could only take the time to understand others perspective in order to find common ground and attack the problems rather than one another?
Shhhh… Before you answer what did you hear?
The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 15th
Well, Shut My Mouth!
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Proverbs 21:23
‘Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.’
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Ever considered what you are allowing into your heart and mind and the impact it might have or does have on what comes out of your mouth?
- Ever stopped to think or take captive your thoughts before you speak?
- Ever considered the benefits of controlling our tongue?
- Words have power! Power to build up and to tear down! Power to encourage and discourage!
- Why not choose words that are wholesome? Why not choose words that are good for building up? Why not choose words that bring grace to those listening?
- Let’s choose words that won’t stir up or cause trouble!
- Common sense suggestions from today’s devotional:
- Every morning, ask God for wisdom about your words
- Before any significant conversation, take a minute to define your goals. Also, identify any topics or issues to avoid or treat diplomatically.
- Watch out for any temptations to use sarcasm to get a laugh. (Stopping that habit may severely limit the number of words some of us use!)
- In conversations, be aware that words can kill or cure. If you feel emotions rising, take a deep breath and don’t let our words fly!
- From time to time, give yourself a progress report on how well you’re guarding your mouth.
- It takes practice! It takes purpose! It takes effort! It takes time!
- You are worth it! They are worth it!
- Make the time! Take the time! Use the time!
- Let’s choose relationships!
- Let’s choose to build them, healthy and strong!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
In what specific kinds of situations does your mouth get you in trouble?
- Personal attacks
- Heated moments
- Emotional moments
- Attacks against family and loved ones
What steps will you take today to guard your mouth?
- take a breath before speaking
- take each thought captive before allowing it to be spoken
- consider if the words are beneficial, good for building up, and good for encouraging.
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
So will you choose to listen today? Can you hear that still quiet voice? Will you respond to its prompting? Will you choose to be an encourager today?
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
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