“What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” (Psalm 34:12-13).Text — Psalm 34:11–15
Here is an old Cherokee Parable for our learning. An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
What does this have to do with my words and the use of my tongue? We always have a choice when we speak. God has given us freedom to choose our words. Some words bring darkness and despair, and are rooted in fear. Some words bring light and hope, and are rooted in love. Beloved, let your words build people.
Let your words build people
Be fast to hear but slow to speak.
Prayer for today
keep the door of my lips, Oh Lord.