First of all the devil does not want you to hear this message, because in trying to review and edit. It was erased. So through Christ I will reveal what was laid on my heart.
"Let your words be few" was a statement on my refrigerator for a long time. Until I got tired of my husband holding it up when he had heard enough.
Psalms 141:3 says " Set a guard, Oh Lord, over my mouth: keep watch over the door of my lips."
This should be a prayer we pray every morning before we even get up. I'm as guilty as the next when it comes to rambling on about nothing or saying things that do not please God.
Below are just a few things to consider before speaking:
1. Is it true?
2. Is it kind?
3. Will it build up, will it edify the person of whom I'm talking?
4. Is it necessary?
5. Does the person I'm talking to need to know this?
6. If this were about me, would I want it shared with someone else?
Our job as Christians is to glorify God, to be a witness for him. It is not to condemn others. We are to love, listen, and be understanding. The Holy Spirit will condemn for us.
A very hurtful thing was said to me, but a life learning lesson. Someone a work said to me, " I didn't know that you were a Christian ?" Wow!!! talk about a conviction that stung my heart.
I want to be a light that shines for Jesus.
People are watching us and judging us. Be careful of not only what we say, but also what we allow ourselves to hear. If it is not pleasing to God, walk away. You may be talked about or laughed at, but they will respect you and you will glorify Jesus.
So as the song says, " Oh be careful little ears what we hear, for the father up above is looking down in love, oh be careful little ears what you ear. Oh be careful little tongue what you say..... for the father will cut your tongue off, just kidding. Just wanted to see if you were paying attention. You get the gist of the song. I do pray often for God to put a piece of tape over my mouth to keep it shut.
So lets pray for guidance and strength. Pray for understanding of his word. Spend time with Jesus. And let him speak to you. What he says is powerful. He will give you the answers you are looking for. Let your words be few and his words be many.
Love in Christ,