Wednesday

3 Times to Bite Your Lip

Colossians 4:6, 3 Times Christians should shut up, Graceful Speech, Don't put words in God's mouth
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We all have opinions, but Christians are commanded to have speech that is "full of grace" (Colossians 4:6).

So here's 3 times to bite our lips:


1. When our preferences become dogmatic.

We all have preferences, but God hasn't endorsed one church, Bible study method, translation of the Bible, political party, type of education, or style of music. And most political subjects are too complex to boil down to "God's view." *

2. When our timing is bad. 

Unsaved people need salvation before they can understand God’s principles. Are we giving people the right message at the right time and right place?

3. When we don't have our facts straight.

It's easy (but very ungracious) to pass along rumors without checking them out even if we hear them from someone we respect.

Before we claim to know God's view of healthcare reform or spread the latest rumor about a Christian leader, let's get the facts, check our hearts, and bite our lips. We expect grace from others, so let's give it ourselves.


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* Some issues are clear, like abortion--it's clear how God feels about taking the life of a child. We should oppose it out of love for mother, child, and Jesus. But most political issues like health care reform, defense spending, etc. are made up of good and bad elements.

For a 4-minute devotion I wrote on this same subject: Like a Fire In My Heart

14 comments:

  1. Oh, this is a good post!
    Especially when you mention passing on rumors or even Obamacare.

    Thanks again for coming into my computer everyday!

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  2. Hi Gail, I always try to ask myself now what is my motive to say or speak about what is going on. I do always like to say this is my opinion or I do not know the facts. You better check it out.
    Better to bite my lip!
    Blessings, Roxy

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  3. Gail, this is such good convicting advice!! Thanks for writing this post.

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  4. Such great advice! It's convicting to think about the many times I haven't bitten my lip!

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  5. Such a humbling post, my friend! Makes me think of the how the power of life and death comes from our tongue & how it's not just "what" we say, but "how" and "when" we say it! Good word!

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  6. Hi Gail! Being a concrete kind of gal, I love little rules like these. It really sticks with me, so thank you for this great post that hopefully will make me a better person!

    Blessings,
    Ceil

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  7. Great rules of thumb, Gail. I know I've been guilty of all three, but it really gets my dander up when someone else does one of these three with me or in my presence. :) I'm going to bookmark this post so that I can remind myself to avoid these three areas in the future. Great thought and thanks for sharing them at Wedded Wed, my friend!

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  8. Thank you for this great reminder! Good advice for sure!
    catching up with you on Say it Saturday!

    Joan @ gramcracker crumbs

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  9. The Bible tells us what great trouble the tongue can get us into. I've been there a time or two but am thankful for this reminder.

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  10. I am so thankfull That I found this sight today ! I already have a different insight on my sharing of Gods Word ! Have I been to forceful in sharing Gods word I ask myself? Out of the love in my heart for the Salvation of my family and extended family! I pray for their salvation and desire to seek Gods will in there lives. I hope I haven't shared out of desire instead of graceous love ! Thank you for bringing this to my attention! Pray for others to see God in me and for me to know how to go about sharing!

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    1. I'm so glad that this spoke to you, Sharon. I pray God will continue to guide you as you share your faith. Bless you,
      Gail

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    2. Thank you Gail ! You are a great inspiration to me !

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  11. We use THINK..is it True, is it Helpful, is it Important, is it Necessary, is it Kind. Before we speak we should check our tongues at the door of our lips...made that one up ;)

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