In a message called #NOFILTER on May 3rd, we talked about the power of words; spoken and posted.
Whether you’re a follower of Christ or not, you need to consider what you say/post because there’s great power in words. If you’re a follower of Christ, God holds us to a higher standard and we need to TWEAK it before we Speak It (or post it).
PROVERBS 18:21 Msg says: Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
Before we SPEAK IT or POST IT, we need to TWEAK it by: AVOIDING the desire to say too much.
Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow! PROVERBS 10:19 (NLT)
Maybe the reason Solomon devoted so many Proverbs to the way we communicate was because he knew the trouble people cause when they talk to much. I can recall a number of times in my own life where I would have handled a situation much better if I’d listened more and talked less.
I like this saying even though I’m not sure where it originated: A wise old owl sat in an oak – The more he saw the less he spoke – The less he spoke the more he heard – so let’s try to be more like that bird.
PROVERBS 21:23 Msg says: Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.
TWEAK it before you speak it. Learn to hold your tongue, and Avoid saying too much.