Zip It!

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So, I am currently in a Women’s Bible study group. We are reading through Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman. The book is good, in the sense that it causes me to think, consider, and well…..learn to keep my mouth shut. There is a time and place for everything, and quite frankly just because I am thinking something, doesn’t mean I need to say it. Is what I am saying truly beneficial? Is it helpful to others? Am I speaking truth? Or are my motives more about being right, and having the last word? Yes, admit it. We have all been there! The truth is, I might legitimately be right and my words valid, but that doesn’t mean I need to use my words like a sledge hammer.

Let’s make no mistake about it. Words have power. They can build another up or destroy. Words can decimate, far greater than a sword. We have all probably had experiences where someone said something that hurt us, and we carry the scars of how those words made us feel, even years later. I remember words a friend’s older brother said about me, when I was just ten years old. The teenage boy’s thoughtless words probably meant nothing to him, but cut me deeply.

I do not want to be that person. The one whose words sting.

I can be wise when I choose what words to say……or not say.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning.  Proverbs 10:12-13a NIV

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Zip It!

  1. Zipping it has never been my forte. My pastor stopped me one day in the lobby and said he wanted to write a bit of advice in my Bible. He wrote, “Think before you speak”. If I ever learn that lesson, I’ll be a much better person. I can’t count the times my mouth has gotten me in a pit I can’t dig out of without hurting someone. Thanks for sharing. I like that topic for a Bible study.

  2. Paul wanted everyone to be phrophets and prophetesses, he wanted everyone to speak up words of encouragement, words of comfort, and to build each other up. Too long have women been instructed to remain silent, too little have women been taught to prophesy correctly.

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