When To Keep Your Mouth Shut

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Graeme Wilson in Freedom Fighters


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“Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” – Proverbs 21:23
Welcome to my world! You have probably been there too, if you’re honest. As a speaker/teacher, I have found myself saying too often, “Now why did I say that?” or “I wished I hadn’t told that story.”  Or maybe you have said something to your spouse, your kids, or maybe an employee, and you say: “I have foot in mouth disease.”
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I saw this post last week and unfortunately there is no one assigned to give the credit. But I felt it was powerful and important to share.

20 Reasons When to Keep Your Mouth Shut:

  1. In the heat of anger. Proverbs 14:17
  2. When you don’t have all the facts. Proverbs 18:13
  3. When you haven’t verified the story. Deuteronomy 17:6
  4. If you words will offend a weaker brother. 1 Corinthians 8:11
  5. If your word will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your friends. 1 Peter 2:21-23
  6. When you are tempted to joke about sin. Proverbs 14:9
  7. When you would be ashamed of your words later. Proverbs 8:8
  8. When you are tempted to make light of holy things. Ecclesiastes 5:2
  9. If your words would convey a wrong impression. Proverbs 17:27
  10. If the issue is none of your business. Proverbs 14:10
  11. When you are tempted to tell an outright lie. Proverbs 4:24
  12. If your words will damage someone’s reputation. Proverbs 16:27
  13. If your words will destroy a friendship. Proverbs 25:28
  14. When you are feeling critical. James 3:9
  15. If you can’t speak without yelling. Proverbs 25:28
  16. When it is time to listen. Proverbs 13:1
  17. If you may have to eat your words later. Proverbs 18:21
  18. If you have already said it more than one time = nagging. Proverbs 24:24
  19. When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person. Proverbs 24:24
  20. When you are supposed to be working instead. Proverbs 14:23

Wow! Ouch! Must burn on the hard-drive of my mind. Good reminders about when to keep my mouth shut. You may not have needed it, but I sure need this reminder – daily.
Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks!
Bill Welte
America’s Keswick
Written by Dr. Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: He has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
The Daily Bible Reading: Gen 28-31| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

Daily Quote: “We cannot be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and they end up using us.” Eugene Peterson

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“Oh, satisfy early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days!” Psalm 90:14

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