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As I write this devotion, let me once again be transparent. I wish that I could take some of the words back that I have spoken. In reality, I cannot! I have asked God to forgive me for word of insensitivity that I have spoken. I know I am not alone for many have used words that have caused pain to others. That is why it is important to think before we speak. Words harm, cut and destroy others. Families are torn apart because of words spoken. Friends have broken relationships because of unkind words. Be careful about what you say. Remember, you cannot take your words back. James 1:19 is our scriptural text today and reads in this manner.

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

James writes about the importance of being slow to speak and quick to listen. He is aware of speaking words that are not thoughtful. He also writes about the need to be slow to anger so that when you speak, your words do not express anger. He writes in this chapter that you should listen and live God’s Word. James knows that doing is as important as listening. We should listen more than we speak so that when we speak we use words wisely. It may be repetitious, but true: you cannot take your words back. James gives good, sound advice. He says we claim to be religious but without control of your tongue, you are fooling yourself. I encourage you to read chapter one. Put a bridle on your tongue and do not be so quick to speak. Use words that give glory and honor to God, and edify another brother or sister.