We will be providing monthly devotionals to assist you in your walk with Jesus. Adam as a gift for provide a literal and down to earth approach to understanding the Bible.
If you are anything like me it seems as though it is impossible to get halfway through a shift without saying something regretful. Whether its directed at ourselves , other officers, supervisors, or the public we serve and protect.
As it says in James 3:5 "Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark."
God is no doubt warning us of the liability of our speech. The things we say at the station, in our squad cars, or on calls, God hears and is taking account of it all.
As it is written in Matthew 12:36, "But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken."
Not only is there eternal accountability, but in this dimension as well. As we are all aware, the overall perception of the police in general has been severely compromised in recent times.
When we cures casually, have one sided conversations, or gossip, we are diminishing ourselves as police officers, but more importantly as image bearers of our Lord Jesus Christ.
James 1:9 "This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger."
Next shit, pause before you speak. Ask yourself, would The Lord our God approve? We know it is a benefit in volatile situations to remain calm and practice active listening. These principles were taken directly from the wisdom of God's Holy Word.
So in addition to holding your speech and smiling, you will be improving your de-escalation and communication skills while on calls. Let your actions towards others speak for themselves instead of empty lip service.
Most importantly of all, pray before every shift for self control, humility, and courage when it comes to your speech. Although there are countless bible passages about this months devotional.. I would like to close with one more.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 "Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few."
Be careful out there Brothers and Sisters and remember, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."