Friday, July 9, 2010

When To Keep Your Mouth Shut

According to the ancient Talmud, the Creator instructed Gabriel to go and write on the forehead of the righteous signs so no sabotage angels can harm them. So Gabriel, the judge of us all, discerns and marks an invisible "R" for righteousness when we curb our reactive behavior. To hold our tongue is one of the hardest things to do, especially when we think we're right. The ego always hopes to get the last word. I found this list of Bible verses that gives wise counsel on when to keep silent. Usually when I come across a "find "such as this, it's a heads-up that I'll soon be tested.

In the heat of anger -
Proverbs 4:17

When it is time to listen - Proverbs 13:1

When you are feeling critical - James 3:9

When you don't have all the facts - Proverbs 18:13

If you can't speak without yelling - Proverbs 25:28

If the issue is none of your business - Proverbs 14:10

When you are tempted to joke about sin - Proverbs 14:9

When you haven't verified the story - Deuteronomy 17:6

IF you may have to eat your words later - Proverbs 18:21

If your words would destroy a friendship - Proverbs 16:28

When you are tempted to tell an outright lie - Proverbs 4:24

If your words will offend a weaker person - I Cor 8:11

If your words would convey a wrong impression - Proverbs 24:24

If your words will damage someone's reputation - Proverbs 16:27

When you are tempted to make light of holy things - Ecclesiastes 5:2

If you've already said it more than one time (it's now nagging) - Proverbs 19:13

Whosoever keepeth his mouth and tongue, keepeth his soul from trouble.

Proverbs 21:23

Have a joyful day with your Angels,