Haste Rhymes with Waste

This past Friday, we had half a dozen (9) girls sleep over my house!  Boy, I had forgotten how much drama is involved with teens.  The night started out great with one or two somber faces.  The drama arose when one girl receives a phone call from  another kid from school that involves another girl from our youth….the owner of the cellphone shares the info that was given and our second youth girl bursts into tears leaving us little time to really understand what had happened!  Mine you that all this came about from a one little phone call and in as little as in 180 SECONDS! All cell phones were unanimously confiscated to sit on my coffee table for the rest of the night.

These two chapters from 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue (Pegues, 2005) are about a common issue many of us struggle with, but hardly pay enough attention to see just how  it affects the people involved…

Day Four: The Hasty Tongue

“Do you see a man hasty in his words?  There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Proverbs 29:20 NKJV

Even if we go to church, bible study, and are involved in a department, we will manage to one way or the other offend somebody because of hasty speech (e.i. “the communication of the hasty tongue is done too quickly to be thoughtful or wise.”) Many times we respond hastily in anger/shock/pain, and we are slow to listen.  Then, we frown at the fact of having to deal with the consequences.  Or, we make promises that we don’t thoroughly think over if we will be able to follow , especially before God (Eccl. 5:2).  Let’s be careful to not offend, respond, and commit in haste.

Day Five: The Divisive Tongue

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9 KJV

There is not much to clarify here.  We can either be known for people who promote unity and peace between each other and amongst others, thus be known as children of God; or we can be those kind that SAY “peace, peace!” but DO things that births division.  It is important to check one’s self that one does not “share” info or third party conversations, that one does not be the main catalyst in the division of relationships, and that one not only speak of peace but lives a life of peace with others.

Let us not waste our words in idle conversations, and let us not turn our relationships into waste with a tongue of haste.

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