September 10, 2008
Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow. The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of the fool is worthless. Proverbs 10:19-20 NLT
Ouch! This one still gets me every month. Reminds me of James 1:19 – quick to listen, SLOW to speak.
God, this one is hard … so hard. My filter stinks! Please help me learn to be cautious to guard my speech. I want to be sensible. I just need to learn to be quiet … just because I think it, doesn’t mean it needs to be said. And just because there is silence, doesn’t mean I need to create noise to fill the space. Lord, forgive me for my useless chatter. ~ Amen
Just to let you know, these verses still give me pause every. single. month. I read them and immediately think of Proverbs 21:23 – If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble. (NLT) And also of James 1:26 – If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. (NIV) But I’m learning … it’s slow and with lots of missteps, but I am learning to keep my mouth shut.
What lessons have been hard for you to learn?
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