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

Sometimes on my drive home to/from work, I’ll turn the radio on. Among the radio commercials I’ll hear is one for a certain insurance product that uses a talking gecko as its pitchman (you know the one). In the midst of talking about his possessions once (using the British brogue he is famous for), he used the phrase “bad mama jamma’s…..did I just say bad mama jamma’s?….you ever have one of those times when you wish you could take back something you said? This is one of those.”

What’s worse than someone who says something wrong or inappropriate, but yet realizes their error, is someone who rants and raves, says something wrong or inappropriate, and keeps on going! Solomon says “there is more hope for a fool than for him.” Someone with a tongue like that (read the book of James for some really good illustrations about the tongue!) will continually draw trouble. Let our prayer be the words of James 1:19: “…But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;”.

Or to put it the way that I pray sometimes: “Lord, let me know when to speak, when to listen,…and when to shut up!” 🙂

Something to think about.

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