- Ask Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!" (Ps. 141:3)
- Take a breather. Sometimes stepping away from the situation, or simply silence, allows emotions to cool and gives you an opportunity to strengthen your spirit.
- Spend time with the Prince of Peace. Pray. Grab your Bible (ahem, smartphone with Bible app=always on you) and read His word. His "word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps. 119:105), which will guide your response/words in difficult situations.
- Take the Saul approach and listen to peaceful music. "And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him." I Sam. 16:23 (This really works!)
- Make a list of "tongue-tamer" verses (Proverbs is FULL of them!) and commit them to memory. The Holy Spirit will bring them to the forefront of your mind when you most need them.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
"So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!...