(Pro 18:13 KJV) He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
This chapter makes a lot of approaches to the misuse of our mouths. This verse points out two different types of mouths and that stood out to me when I noticed that it went along with verse 2,
(Pro 18:2 KJV) A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.The righteous mind will listen before it speaks. The carnal mind is focused on itself and consumed with getting in its opinion. These are two types of people.
The difference starts in our hearts. Having the Living God set up housekeeping in our innermost being changes our priorities and our outlooks. Often there is still that residual that we call original sin which keeps popping up and trying to reestablish control. Much of the battle is fought by the Holy Spirit. There is still a place for discipline.
So? Do you find yourself looking back on conversations that were really monologues and feeling a bit of embarrassment about what you said? I think we all have had that experience. The length of the speech will vary but it will be long enough to stand out. We can work on that and God expects us to.
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