If there's one thing I know about myself, I know it's that my mouth can get me into trouble sometimes (I think it came from being the daughter of a red-headed firecracker of a mama). It comes in different forms such as letting my anger burst from me, speaking negatively about a friend or random person on the street, complaining far too often, etc. The Lord and I have been working on this for a while and there have been instances where choice after choice I have walked in obedience to tame my tongue rather than let it speak at its own free will (But I'm definitely a work in progress)!
In chapter 12 of Proverbs, Solomon is speaking all about the differences between righteous and unrighteous people and in many verses he points out how our words can affect our righteousness and unrighteousness
6 The words of the wicked kills;
The speech of the upright saves
18 Rash language cuts and maims;
but there is healing in the words of the wise
19 Truth lasts;
Lies are here today and gone tomorrow
The list goes on and on...
But there was one statement that Solomon made and it struck me to my core
16 Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly;
the prudent quietly shrug off insults
This made me ask myself the question, "How often do I allow the words of others to get me all fired up and then I feel the need to be my own defender with ugly words right back at them whether in my mind or right in front of them?"
So I continue to pray this prayer for myself and for all of you who may have a red-headed firecracker attitude inside of you too! "Lord, allow us to be women who don't feel the need to use harsh words to fight back at those who speak negatively about us. But let us be steadfast in knowing that you spoke kindly to others and we should follow your example!"