Sunday, May 14, 2006

FOOD FOR THOUGHT/WORDS FROM MY MAMA


2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell (rejoice)! Be strengthened (perfected, completed, made what you ought to be); be encouraged and consoled and comforted; be of the same [agreeable] mind one with another; live in peace, and [then] the God of love [Who is the Source of affection, goodwill, love, and benevolence toward men] and the Author and Promoter of peace will be with you.

According to Scripture, there are times when

you should not open your mouth…

When to Keep Silent:

In the heat of anger (Prov. 14:17)

When you don’t have all the facts (Prov. 18:13)

When you haven’t verified the story with two or more witnesses (Deut. 17:6; Matt. 18:16)

If your words will offend a weaker person (I Cor. 8:11)

When it is time to listen (Prov. 13:1)

When you are tempted to make light of holy things or to joke about sin (Ecc. 5:2; Prov. 14:9)

If you would be ashamed of your words later (Prov. 8:8)

If your words would convey the wrong impression (Prov. 17:27)

If the issue is none of your business (Prov. 14:10)

When you are tempted to tell an outright lie (Prov. 4:24)

If you are speaking because you are being bribed with goods (Ezek 22:12)

If your words will damage someone else’s reputation (Prov. 16:27)

If you words will damage a friendship (Prov. 16;28)

When you are feeling critical (James 3:9)

If you can’t say it without screaming (Prov. 25:28)

If your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your friends and family (I Pet. 2:21-23)

If you may have to eat your words later (Prov. 18:21)

If you have already said it more than one time (Prov. 19:13)

When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person (Prov. 24:24)

When you are supposed to be working instead (Prov. 14:23)

“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles” (Prov. 21:23).

Do you need to repent of not keeping your lips zipped some time in the past?

Now is the time to ask the Lord for forgiveness.

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