As a child, I was not allowed to speak when grown people were speaking. We were often told “children are to be seen not heard”. When adults were in a conversation, children were usually told to go outside and play. But today, children quickly interrupt conversations and implant their opinions like they are grown.
I remember having a conversation and my son decided to add his two cents in, I popped him in the mouth before he knew what hit him. It was a reflex. No one was talking to him. “Stay in a child’s place!”
I wonder is that what God says about us some times? I wonder do he sit and think “Why don’t she just be quiet? No one asked for her opinion”. “Why don’t he just be quiet and let me fix this mess?”
So many of our problems would be solved if we would learn to keep our mouths closed. We have a tendency of making the issue worse just by the things we say. Have you ever been in court or seen a court case on television, and you just want to tell the witness to be quiet? They are giving far too much information. They are answering questions that were never even asked.
Proverbs 17:27-28 says “He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man (woman) of understanding. Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise. When he closes his lips he is considered prudent (wise)”.
We must learn to watch our mouths! We must learn to watch the words that come from our mouths! We are placing curses and destruction in our lives with our words.
Do you say “she makes me sick”? Then wonder why when you are around that person you feel ill. Do you say “this job is killing me”? Then wonder why you feel a heaviness any time you are around your co-workers. My favorite is “I love you to death”. People can suck the life right out of you all in the name of love. Please don’t love me to death, love me to life.
Your words are powerful. So before you speak, THINK!!
T – Is this TRUE?
H – Is this HELPFUL?
I – Is this INSPIRING?
N– Is this NECESSARY?
K – Is this KIND?
Just because a thought forms in your mind does not require that it be released from your mouth. You were given two ears and one mouth for a reason. Just watch your mouth! God really don’t need your help to bless you, but you can make the task a lot easier if you would stop blocking the blessing with your words.
Until Next Time,