Don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.” Psalm 4:4 (NLT)
The book of James says our tongue is the hardest part to control. In fact, he goes on to say that if we can control our tongues we can also control ourselves in every other way (James 3:2). A friend of mine used to say that she prayed for a multitude of angels to come and sit on her tongue so she wouldn’t say something rash or out of anger.
Our tongues can get us in trouble. We say things we regret and we wish the words could be returned like an ugly Christmas sweater. But it doesn’t take long for us to realize that we can’t take back the words that caused someone else pain. Nor can we say the unspoken words that could’ve eased a person’s pain.
The Psalmist offers good advice today. Angry words spoken in the heat of the moment often cause injury. While thoughtful and calm words can heal and resolve conflict. In my own power, I often fail. But with God’s grace my weakness is made strong. So today when the tensions start rising I think I’ll use my friends advice and call upon the angels to weigh down my tongue. I just hope enough of them are ready for my call!
Father, thank you that in my weakness I can rely on your strength. While your angels might not come to my rescue, I know you will be there for me. Help me to be slow to speak and quick to forgive to day.