TWEAK It Before You Speak It (or Post It) – Pt 4 – AVOID

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.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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