Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
When to Open Your Mouth October 31
Food for Thought: Eph. 4:29
We all probably talk more than we should. Often we talk just to avoid uncomfortable silence, and we might even find ourselves speaking nonsense, or gossip, or other words that do not have a positive effect.
Controlling the tongue and not being so quick to speak is a life-long challenge for most of us. However, there is a right time to speak. Of course, it is always time to praise the Lord. We should also speak up for the poor and helpless, with no regard for our own well-being. If we see injustice, we must not remain silent. God has us here for such a time as this.
In other situations, we should check our hearts and measure our words, first. Everything we say must be good, helpful, and an encouragement to those who hear our words. Words of forgiveness, gratitude, and kindness are always welcome. If our words do not meet these criteria, then it is probably not time to talk.
Today, let us hold our words up to the Word of God to judge them first. Then we’ll know when to open our mouths.
Digging Deeper: ________________________________________________________________
Getting Personal: ________________________________________________________________
Confession of Faith: ________________________________________________________________
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.): ________________________________________________________________