I feel as though I was the poster boy for losing my temper, gossiping, whiny, impulsive (not in a good way), and foul language. I was, in a sense, disgusting. In addition, I made sure people knew where they stood with me. If I thought they were a moron, I called them a moron.
The following verses are just four that showed me that I needed to get my act together.
Proverbs 14:3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.
Proverbs 21:23 Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.
James 1:26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.
Proverbs 25:23 As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!
I refer back to these verses, and others, often. I was a king of insulting people and perpetuating rumors. I needed to change…dramatically. I read Proverbs just out of curiosity. Once I started, however, I couldn’t stop. Proverbs is very blunt and very direct on how to be a follower of Christ. I needed that. It was like smacking myself up along side of my head with a 2×4. It got my attention.
I’m happy to say that my prayers were answered. God showed me the way to be the kind of man I wanted to be. I constantly speak of how much I enjoy life and how happy I am. With God’s grace, I conquered the guy in the mirror.
God Bless you all!