Do you talk too much?

Prov. 10:19 (NLT)  Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.

          Have you ever thought, “Why did I say that?” I am reminded of the saying, “Bite your tongue!” Some people don’t allow the statement “Shut up” to be spoken in their house, but sometimes I think it needs to be said. I suppose it depends on the way you say it. You can say shut up as a command, or you can say shut up as an instruction or recommendation. I remember a time when I often got in trouble on the telephone. I was guilty of saying more than I should have said, so I taped the Scripture verse which said, “be slow to speak and swift to hear” (James 1:19, NJV ) on the lower portion of my phone as a reminder to “keep my  mouth shut.” That reminder did help. I don’t often say more than I should, but when I do, I know the steps to redemption. 1. I must go to that person and ask for forgiveness. 2. Then I must go to God and ask for forgiveness for not paying attention to His Word and for offending my friend. 3. Now comes the hardest thing of all: I need to turn from my old ways of saying what I want to and be willing to depend on God to guide my words. Are you willing to make that change? It takes a lot of effort and determination on your part. “Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”

Marilyn Willett Heavilin

Is a wife and mother; author & International conference speaker Author of Roses In December December’s Song Becoming A Woman of Honor Profound Common Sense When Your Dreams Die Grief Is A Family Affair I’m Listening, Lord Walking Victoriously through the Valley of Grief

 

One thought on “Do you talk too much?

  1. Stphanie L. Dickinson says:

    Dear Marilyn,

    I enjoyed very much, your writing.

    It reminds me of a saying from our dear apostle Paul.
    “Be a sermon to everyone and, if necessary, use words.”

    That always “stuck” with me. Words can make us sound
    good, but are we living for the L-rd with our actions?

    Bless you for a submitting a thought-provoking piece.

    Stephanie from Lancaster, Pa.

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