5.04.2017

It should be closed. OFTEN!

This wonderful piece about controlling our mouths showed itself when I was flipping through a social media site.

Excellent, 100% biblical, and convicting!
No wonder James penned these words: But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:8-10

Lord, I echo the Psalmist ... "Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips!" Psalm 141:3

When to Keep Your Mouth CLOSED 
- Elisabeth Elliot

- In the Heat of Anger

Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, for anger resides in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. Proverbs 14:7

- When You Don't Have All the Facts

He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him. Proverbs 18:13
The first to present his case seems right, until another comes and examines him. Proverbs 18:17

- If Your Words Will Offend a Weaker Brother
It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. Romans 14:21

- When You are Tempted to Joke About Sin
Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor. Proverbs 14:9

- When You Would be Ashamed of Your Words Later
For my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. Proverbs 8:7, 8


- When You are Tempted to Make Light of Holy Things
Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few.
For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words.
Ecclesiastes 5:2, 3

- When You are Feeling Critical
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 
Ephesians 4:29

- If Your Words Would Convey a Wrong Impression
He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Proverbs 17:27

- When You are Tempted to Tell and Outright Lie
Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. Proverbs 4:24

- If Your Words Will Damage Someone's Reputation or Spread Gossip
An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire.
A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends. Proverbs 16:7, 8 

- If You Cannot Speak Without Yelling
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28

- When You are Tempted to Flatter a Wicked Person
It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Him the people will curse; nations will abhor him.
But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them. Proverbs 24:23-25


-  When You are Supposed to be Working Instead
In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

- When It is Time to Listen 
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger ...
James 1:19
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. Proverbs 18:13
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. Proverbs 18:2


Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from trouble. Proverbs 21:23

Imagine if everyone followed such wise advice.
We would live in a much more quiet world, and we could fill the silence with encouragement and praise!

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