Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 7 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day twenty-six with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, have a way to be free from the snare of your words.
Free From the Snare of Your Words
“My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge for another, if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.”
Proverbs 6:1-5 (NIV)
Have you ever felt trapped by something you said? What was it, and what did you do about it? How difficult is it for you to admit that your words were not accurate, were harmful, were misleading, or were simply not beneficial? How does humility help to free you from the snare of your words? What would you give to be able to take back certain words you have spoken? Can it really be done?
As much as we would sometimes like it to be so, we cannot “un-speak” a spoken word. But God does give instruction on how we can live free from the snare our words become. The best freedom should be obvious — practice self-control and not speak words which would ensnare us. But since that doesn’t always happen, we can be free through a humility that admits our words were not appropriate and seeks to make them right with the people that were impacted by them. As you pray, ask God to set a guard on your lips so you can avoid the snare of your words. Pray that you would live with humility to free you from words that shouldn’t have been spoken, either to you or by you.