Ben Franklin said – An ounce of prevention produces a pound of cure.
He was talking about fires. But this can be used in many instances, fires, health, our words.
James 3:5 tells us we are to hold our tongue and overlook issues. Because the wrong words can create a great fire.
An ounce of prevention, holding our tongue can save us a lot of trouble.
James 3:2 All make many mistakes. Everyone of us make mistakes! If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. (An ounce of prevention on what we are saying helps us to control ourselves in every other way!) verse 3-6
As we control our tongue, and we speak positively, praise and not shame our spouse, kids, friends, co-workers into good behavior we are in prevention mode and curing a lot of issues. Speak blessings not cursing’s over relationships.
Sometimes when we want things our own way we have this ability to nag and complain until we shut down the person we are trying to coerce into our way of thinking. We must use an ounce of prevention in our speech, always protect unity and your relationship with others. Decisions must be made with respect for each other’s thoughts and concerns.
Thankfully the Holy Spirit will help us to help control our tongue.
Focus on caring for each other. Having each other’s back. Respect, value, honor, defend each other. Let go of the things that are not important. Defend your spouse, children, families.
Sometimes we over commit more than we should. Take a look at your commitments. What is most important? Matthew 5:37 says our yes should be yes and our no should be no.
Ephesians 5:21-32 Share decisions submit to each other, respect, commit, love – this is what relationships are all about.
James 3:7-8 Our tongue speaks through our emotions and our heart. Plant seeds of hope, peace, and love, on your spouse, family, church, co-workers.
Don’t allow your tongue to wag about the wrong things. Surrender your tongue to Jesus. Do as Jesus did. He said, I only say what My Father says.
Uproot the old seeds (James 3:13-16) bitter jealousy, selfish ambition, boasting, lying.
Replant with new seeds. (James 3:17-18) Peace, love, gentleness, willing to yield to others, full of mercy, good deeds, no favoritism, sincerity, peacemaker. Good seeds that will produce good results.
An ounce of prevention now will produce a great harvest!
May your Valentine’s Day be a great harvest as you use an ounce of prevention over your tongue.