Food for thought….Keeping our mouths shut

My friend Deb sent me this little wise devotional a few days ago, and I have been pondering it ever since. 

“In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.  Psalm 10:19

Do you ever feel like you just want to get the last word in? Make your point known? Have you ever said just a little too much that didn’t need to be said? We all do it.  Multitude of words will get us into trouble.  Wisdom is found in silence.  Seeking God with a pure heart.  Allowing Him to lead us in the things that may need to be spoken.  Many times, all that He wants us to do is listen, love, and allow His Holy Spirit to work.    “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  Now the fruit of the righteous is sown in peace by those who make peace. 

Let us strive to become more like Christ.  Allowing the fruit of righteousness to be sown in all that we say or do.

I read that a few days ago, and I think about all of the times that I have to get in the last word, I have to point out someone’s wrong-doings.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a time a place for such things.  But in my flesh I seem to open my mouth during the most inappropriate times. 

A couple of nights ago we were able to go out with a group of couples from church, we had dinner and later went to a coffee shop.  I looked over to see a couple of the men that came with us sitting on the couch at the coffee shop that we went to, they were silent.  Happily silent, I might add.  I laughed, but then I thought to myself, their mouths probably never get them into trouble.  We as women often times speak too much, too hastily, too loudly.  Sometimes its completely unintentionally.  We don’t hesitate to give our  opinions in other peoples lives.  Let me warn you ladies, as I ask God to always keep me in check also, our opinions set us on a path that we ought not to go down.  More often then not, we end up saying too much, saying things that we regret, and then have to repent for our tongues. 

I pray that God would close our mouths, that the words that we speak would be edifying, encouraging, and peaceable. A wise woman learns to retrain her lips, but often times we do learn that the hard way!

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