A TIME FOR SILENCE & SPEAKING
Ecclesiastes 3:7 “A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.”
“Sometimes God calls us to speak up. Sometimes God calls us to remain silent. To discern the difference, we can seek God through prayer.”
My Mamma said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” She lived by that rule and taught us to do so also. Don’t just say whatever pops into your head. Words are powerful! They can be used to help and encourage someone or they can be used to discourage and crush someone. Choose your words wisely. Once spoken, you can’t take words back.
Think before you speak. Before you open your mouth, ask yourself, “Is this how I want to be spoken to?”
The attitude with which you speak is also important. Saying something in a thoughtful tone will be more productive than yelling or being demeaning.
Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 31:26 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
Know when to speak and when not to. 1 Peter 3:15, 16: “We should always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks us to give a reason for our hope.” Proverbs 17:28 “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
Esther is a great example of knowing when to and not to speak. She was very wise in holding her tongue and in speaking. In the end she saved not only herself and her Uncle, but also her people. Esther 2:17-20 and Esther 4:12-14
Does your speech honor and glorify God or is it a reproach on the name of the Lord? Let’s be mindful of what comes out of our mouth. Break an old habit of negativity and putting down people. Let’s make a new habit of speaking kindly, thoughtfully, and positively!
Your words can make all the difference in someone’s life! We don’t know what other people are facing. A little bit of kindness goes a long way!
James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”
“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii
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