Thursday, January 20, 2011

31 And Still Learning To Keep My Mouth Shut!

I had a friend over the other day and as we were chatting I found myself not once, but twice saying something negative about people we both knew.  It just slipped out.  Each time I wanted to take the words back as soon as I said them.  They weren’t mean words, nor were they attacks in any way, but they were unnecessary and unkind.  In the 3 or 4 hours we chatted only two comments slipped.  May not seem like much, but it was two to many. 
It’s something I find many of us struggle with.  To control the tongue may be the most difficult of all self controls.  It’s also essential for a successful life and ministry.  So let’s be quiet more.  Consider our words and their effect before they leave our mouths.  Let’s use them to give life.

The one who knows much says little; an understanding person remains calm.  Even dunces who keep quiet are thought to be wise; as long as they keep their mouths shut, they’re smart.  Words Kill, Words Give Life
Proverbs 17:27-28


The quiet words of the wise are more effective than the ranting of a king of fools.

Ecclesiastes 9:17


What matters is not your outer appearance - the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes - but your inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. 

1 Peter 3:3-4

1 comment:

  1. I struggle with this lesson too...good luck to you~!!

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