Restrained Speaking

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Daily Reading: 2 Kings 9:14-10:31, Acts 17:1-34, Psalm 144:1-15, Proverbs 17:27-28

Daily Verse: “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.” Prov. 17:27

Restrained speaking.

Controlling my actions and restraining my tongue don’t come easily for me. My husband’s one reservation about marrying me had to do with my anger issues, which I have worked on immensely in the last decade. Partnering with God and writing a book on how I learned to restrain my words through prayer has helped me find victory.

Running a small crafting business, I received a message that the owner moved my booth and didn’t know what to do with my product. On my way to the store, I realized anger wouldn’t get me anywhere, proof of my growth with God’s help.

Instead of flying off the handle, something I used to do in situations like this, I restrained myself, put my emotions in the back seat, and worked through the problem logically and with kindness. Victory in the Lord comes in all kinds of ways.

Don’t let anger get the best of you—partner with the Lord to learn restraint and remain calm in heated situations. Allow God’s Spirit to guide you, helping you practice self-control and learn how to handle complex challenges differently.

Lord, thank You for the work You do within us. Help us restrain our words and tempers as we deal with challenges. Please give us the strength to respond calmly and logically. Let us not overreact but instead view things from Your perspective. IJNIP. Amen

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