Saturday, December 13, 2014

#3 of the 7 - Ups of Life


Shut Up! - Say nice things & learn to listen. God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul" Proverbs 13:3 "Gossip betrays confidence, avoid men who talk too much" Proverbs 20:19 "Listen to advice, accept instruction and in the end, you will be wise" Proverbs 19:20

(1) Being careful of what you say keeps you out of trouble; whereas speaking hastily and thoughtlessly can bring trouble to not only you, but also to others.

a. I was taught long ago, if you can’t say anything nice about somebody, then say nothing at all.

b. Although the thought is a bit cliché, it would seem that since God gave us two ears and only one mouth He intended for us to speak less and listen more.

c. There is a little poem that goes something like this:
The mighty owl is a wise old bird. The less he spoke, the more he heard.
The more he heard, the more he learned.
Now, wasn’t that a wise old bird?

d. Again, as in Proverbs 13:3 – Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

(2) Speaking without thought can cause you to make promises you can’t keep, reveal information you shouldn’t, offend others, or misrepresent the truth.

e. Make it a point to engage your brain before you open your mouth.

“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.” Emily Zola

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