Be Quick to Listen but Slow to Speak

Remember this, my dear brothers and sisters: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and should not get angry easily. James 1:19 (GW)

James 3:5-6 – Power of Tongue Papel de Parede Imagem
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

I do not know about you but I am growing weary of all the TALK going on and on and on. Primarily I am talking about endless 24 hour a day news cycle. There are several CABLE channels devoted to nothing but NEWS all the time. And each one has their cadre of talking heads all offering an opinion on the days HOT TOPIC ITEM. You would think with all this talking going on that SOMETHING positive would come of it all… aw not really… since most of the talk is NEGATIVE one can get really depressed if you listen to too much NEWSSPEAK.

The bible tells us…

When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 (HCSB)

Proverbs insists that with so much talk going on ERROR (sin) is unavoidable. As Christians we are supposed to use SPEECH to build up and encourage those who hear us.

Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable. Philippians 4:8 (GW)

We should be attempting to SPEAK TRUTH in a loving way. No one has all the answers, and although NEWS REPORTERS like to appear IN THE KNOW, I fear they are leading many astray just by the huge volume of WORDS they have spoken.

An old folk adage goes something like this.. Let the words you speak be sweet for you do not know how many of them you may have to EAT.

Or perhaps put a little better.. If you do not have anything GOOD to say, say nothing at all.

And that is the way I see it!  What say you?

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