I was looking for a home renovation pin when I saw this pin entitled, “When To Keep Your Mouth Shut.” Curiosity piqued, I began reading.
Don’t open your mouth…
1. In the heat of anger (Proverbs 14:17)
Answering before listening
is both stupid and rude.
2. When you don’t have all the fact (Proverbs 18:13)
A quick-tempered person does foolish things,
and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.
3. When you haven’t verified the story (Deuteronomy 17:16)
But only on the testimony of two or three witnesses may a person be put to death. No one may be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
4. If your words will offend a weaker brother (1 Corinthians 8:11)
Christ gave up his life for that person. Wouldn’t you at least be willing to give up going to dinner for him—because, as you say, it doesn’t really make any difference? But it does make a difference if you hurt your friend terribly, risking his eternal ruin! When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ. A free meal here and there isn’t worth it at the cost of even one of these “weak ones.” So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there’s any chance it will trip up one of your brothers or sisters.
5. If your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your friends and family (1 Peter 2:21-23)
This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.
He never did one thing wrong,
Not once said anything amiss.
They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right.
6. When you are tempted to joke about sin (Proverbs 14:9)
The stupid ridicule right and wrong,
but a moral life is a favored life.
7. When you would be ashamed of your words later (Proverbs 8:8)
8. When tempted to make light of holy things (Ecclesiastes 5:2)
Don’t shoot off your mouth, or speak before you think.
Don’t be too quick to tell God what you think he wants to hear.
God’s in charge, not you—the less you speak, the better.
9. If your words would convey a wrong impression (Proverbs 17:27)
The one who knows much says little;
an understanding person remains calm.
10. If the issue is none of your business (Proverbs 14:10)
The person who shuns the bitter moments of friends
will be an outsider at their celebrations.
11. When you are tempted to tell an outright lie (Proverbs 4:24)
Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;
avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
12. If your words will damage someone’s reputation (Proverbs 16:27)
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
13. If your words will destroy a friendship (Proverbs 25:28)
A person without self-control
is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.
14. When you are feeling critical (James 3:9)
This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!
15. If you can’t speak without yelling (Proverbs 25:28)
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
16. When it is time to listen (Proverbs 13:1)
Intelligent children listen to their parents;
foolish children do their own thing.
17. If you may have to eat your words later (Proverbs 18:21)
The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
18. If you have already said it more than one time [then it becomes nagging] (Proverbs 19:13)
A foolish child is a father’s ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like
the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
19. When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person (Proverbs 24:24)
Whoever whitewashes the wicked
gets a black mark in the history books,
But whoever exposes the wicked
will be thanked and rewarded.
20. When you are supposed to be working instead (Proverbs 14:23)
All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
How will this change your conversations?
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