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The gift of discretion – Living Word Devotional by Dr Mensa Otabil

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THE GIFT OF DISCRETION
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 25:1-18

A WORD FITLY SPOKEN IS LIKE APPLES OF GOLD IN SETTINGS OF SILVER. – PROVERBS 25:11

There are people who seem to have a gift of knowing exactly what I to say in every situation.

It is amazing how Christ responded to the different situations and tests that confronted him, especially from His enemies.

A typical example was His response to the accusers of the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. The accusers had prepared for every eventuality but Jesus answer totally discomfited them.

Discretion is “the quality of having or showing discernment or good judgment.” It is about being discreet or circumspect in speech.

A discreet person knows what to say and what not to say in every situation. They know when silence is the best option.

The tongue is a powerful tool for either building or destruction. It can affect relationships, organisations and even nations. A good word spoken at the right time with the right tone can set you up for life.

It can end a crisis or rally people around a worthy cause. Conversely, a wrong word or mistimed comment can start a crisis or destroy what it has taken years to build.

One of King Solomon’s first assignments was to judge a complicated matter between two feuding mothers. One word settled the issue in favour of the right woman.

His son Rehoboam’s first assignment as king was to deal with a request from his people to lesson their work and tax burden. He responded by insulting and threatening the people. One Wrong word split the twelve-tribe kingdom and left him with two. Our words must be fitly spoken, appropriate and discreet.

Prayer:

LORD, ANOINT MY LIPS AND GRANT ME THE WISDOM TO SAY ONLY THAT WHICH IS APPROPRIATE AND NEEDFUL AT EVERY TIME.

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Source: Dr. Mensa Otabil.

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