Today's Devotion (Wednesday)

Don’t Colour It!

JOB 33:1-13

Key Verse:

"My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly" (Job 33:3).

If people decide to be more careful with their words, they will get into fewer problems. There is no doubt that our homes and families will be more peaceful and there will be less strain in our relationships. The truth is that many problems arise from what we say. They fail to consider the consequences of what they say. Even those who say the things that appear to be the truth do not say it with the right motive. Elihu, in our text, gives us a principle that should guide the way we talk. He knew that it is possible for people to appear to be speaking the truth but not out of a sincere, upright heart. When truth is spoken for the purpose of ridiculing, then that is blackmail and sarcasm – just to mock. Are you careful about the way you speak? It is always helpful to put the right construction to our words and conversations. We must not speak about what we do not know or have the right and proper information on. Christians do not have any business peddling with lies or falsehood. Before you go ahead to accuse your spouse, children or any other person about an issue, you need to make sure you have the facts. Hasty judgments can lead to bitter regrets. Even when the truth about a matter has been confirmed, the way such truth is communicated also matters. If our intention is not to deliberately run down our fellows, we will not want to use what we know about them against them. Make up your mind therefore, like Elihu, to always speak with all honesty and sincerity and do not attempt to colour up a matter or distort an issue.

Thought for the day: Hasty words lead to heavy regrets.

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