Posts Tagged ‘silence’

  

“Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.” (Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭28‬ NLT)

I literally felt my brain shriveling. The more they talked, the worse it got. Politics, sports, economy…it didn’t matter the subject, they knew EVERYTHING about everything! And when they started on ministry, I was done. Last thing I wanted to hear was ignorance spouted as fact that only leads to deeper ignorance. Ugh. 

We’ve all done it. Unfortunately, we are the last to know that we do it. But it stems from a need for self-worth and acceptance. We want people to WANT to listen and learn from us. And yet, we cross lines out of ignorance or argument, cutting off relationships or opportunities to truly make a difference. All because we can’t keep our mouth shut until we can say a good word.

The Bible gives us some great advice: Keep Your Mouth Shut! Some things can only be said out of relationship or anointing. Wait for the right time and the right words and you will get the right reactions! You are loved today! Speak right! 

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Then Jesus asked them, ‘Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they remained silent.” (Mark 3:4 NIV)

Genovevo Salinas was being questioned about a murder in 1992. He had voluntarily answered several other police questions before falling silent on the question of whether shell casings found at the crime scene would match his gun. Salinas’ silence was used against him during a murder trial to argue that jurors should infer guilt from his silent reaction to a police question.

Jesus’ accusers were reacting the same way when He asked them a question that would reveal their guilt. To answer would show their true motive and hatred of Jesus. Yet not answering did the same thing.

In your relationship with Jesus, He loves you enough to ask you the questions that cause you to confront your guilt. He is never a brutal prosecutor, but a Savior that desires nothing to come between you & Him. Don’t remain silent! Answer, change, then grow! You are loved today! Have a great weekend!

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Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” (James 3:2 NLT)

As Karim Smith, of Philadelphia, was being sentenced for crimes he committed in 1994, he began to spit at the judge, swearing & using racial slurs as well. Not being raised a dummy, I figure that at this precise moment is when you’d REALLY need to behave in order to get some leniency. Nope, and for it, he got the maximum. In the words of Judge Ricardo Jackson: “It is the intent of this sentence that you never walk free again.”

Hard to imagine, but our mouths get us in a lot of trouble. Just because it can be said doesn’t mean that it should! By learning discretion, we can prevent problems by not allowing our words to create them in the first place.

For those of us that speak before thinking, it shows a lack of self-control that probably haunts us in other areas as well. Come to God today, seeking for His hand to be over your mouth. Let Him make your words sweet so that others’ lives can be blessed! You are loved today!

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