Speak Up

There have been many times when I wanted to say something but didn’t or felt like I couldn’t. There have also been times when I said something that would have been better left unsaid.  Knowing when to speak and when to keep quiet is a function of wisdom and discernment. These two characteristics sometimes fail me and I say something that I regret because of the pain it inflicts on others. Proverbs speaks a lot to this. Check this out….

 4 Spoken words can be like deep water,
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
       but wisdom is like a flowing stream.
6 The words of fools start quarrels.
       They make people want to beat them.
 7 The words of fools will ruin them;
       their own words will trap them.
 8 The words of a gossip are like tasty bits of food.
       People like to gobble them up.
 20 People will be rewarded for what they say;
       they will be rewarded by how they speak.
 21 What you say can mean life or death.
       Those who speak with care will be rewarded.  (Proverbs 18:4,6-8;20-21 NCV)

 Words have so much power, I would be wise to choose them carefully. James said that life and death are in the power of the tongue. I need to choose my words carefully and make sure they are the right words for the right time. I can encourage and speak life giving words when they come from a  heart shaped by God.

 Pressing On!
Dwayne

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