Quick To Listen & Slow To Speak
Social Commentary – We all do it! Whether it’s in conversation with family and friends or commenting on your favorite social media outlets. We always seem to have something to say. Some of it is welcomed. Most of it is not. This week I will be sharing tips on how to ensure our thoughts and talk are purposeful and positive.
As women, we are known for the quantity and quality of words that escape our lips. Some things we should say. Most things we should not. Recently, I have been thinking about the value of the words that come out of my mouth. It is so tempting to reveal everything that I know but what’s the point?!
When you reveal everything you know, you begin to gossip, to boast, to slander, to exaggerate, to lie, to engage in chatter that no longer encourages others but destroys the fiber of your integrity and the confidence in your relationships. The saying is true:
A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!
We need to make every effort to think critically before we speak. We need to make even greater strides to ensure that what we are thinking is healthy. Let me tell you something: Every careless word is going to come back to haunt us. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.
The Scriptures have much to say about the way we think and what we say.
Here are a few wise words on our thoughts and our talk:
- “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” – James 1:19
- “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
- “We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5
- “As one thinks in one’s heart, that is who one truly is.” – Proverbs 23:7
- “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29
- “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21
- “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:6
- “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” – Proverbs 10:19
We must make every effort to guard our thoughts and our tongue.
As we go through this series this week, I will be sharing tips on ways to master your thoughts and tongue and ultimately protect your life and the lives of those around you.
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Tomorrow, I will share some tips on how to keep our thoughts from getting us in trouble.
Be Intentional. Be Quick To Listen – Slow to Speak