DCLM Daily Manna 14 April 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — The Disciplined Tongue
TOPIC: The Disciplined Tongue (DCLM Daily Manna 14 April 2022)
TEXT: Proverbs 18:13-24 (KJV)
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
KEY VERSE: “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.” – (Proverbs 18:20)
The New York City executive search firm of C. Stewart Baeder Associates conducted a survey of its clients, asking what qualities they most look for in their top executives. The results were surprising; they did not look first for an MBA, for a certain personality type or even a lengthy list of high-profile experience. The most desired quality was self-discipline (89%) followed by general administrative skills (82%) and an aptitude for human relations (70%).
Our tongue plays a vital role in our success, fruitfulness, resourcefulness, relationship, life and death. A close look at the life of those who have fallen short of their potentials depicts a common root – nagging, a lack of self-discipline in the use of tongue.
Why do we find that surprising? Subconsciously, we believe that successful people are somehow more fortunate, more naturally gifted, or simply better connected than we are. When we look at people who have achieved greatness in many areas of life, we will find that one common denominator is their character trait of discipline.
Courage and good conduct, which produce clear conscience and a wholesome lifestyle, should be our standard. We should not allow temporal adversity to conquer our inner-man. Being teachable and apt to learn will pave way for prudence in our endeavours. A gifted man that uses his gift wisely will, without doubt, be lifted up before men.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
A prudent tongue is a mine of precious resources.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.