Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 144

Scripture Passage: Judges 11:29-40
Leaders Must Think Before they Speak
Jephthah made a vow unto God saying, “If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.” His only child became the burnt offering.
The lesson here is this; leaders must think before they speak. They must refrain from speaking carelessly. They must not be hasty to give their word. Before making promises they need to consider how it will ultimately affect them and those they lead. A leader who speaks before thinking will always create problems for those he leads. The Bible says, “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything…let thy words be few.”
Prayer: Father, help me to be quick to think and slow to speak.

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