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Guard your words

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.  James 1:19

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
Proverbs 10:19

It is sad we tend to treat the ones we love far worse than anyone else.  Perhaps the clearest example of this can be found within many marriages.  We tend to have trouble communicating our love but little trouble communicating our frustrations.  Most marital problems can be traced back to unkind words spoken by one or both people in the marriage.

In the scripture passages we are told we need to be “quick to listen and slow to speak.”  Most arguments and fights are the result of people being slow to listen and quick to speak.  The average person speaks roughly 18,000 words a day.  In Proverbs we learn “when words are many, sin is not absent.”  Sometimes the best way we can communicate with our spouses is to close our mouths and allow them to open theirs.

Will you be willing to guard your words and hear the words and feelings of your spouse?

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