Five Minute Friday: Telling It Like It Is

10.26.2012

Voice...

Some days I just want to "tell it like it is".  I want to exercise my voice. 

I just want to tell people what I really think. I want to use words like immature, selfish, unchristian, and foolish. I want them to see how their behavior affects other people, their friends, their neighbors, and their children. I want to call sin sin, right out in the open, in front of everybody, regardless of the consequences. 

Of course, I don't do that. I never do that. Instead, I'm constantly reminding myself of the wisdom in Proverbs. 

"A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back." Proverbs 29:11

Because as much as I want to express my opinion and tell others exactly what I think (or exactly what the Bible says!), I want wisdom even more. 

Because what's the point of having an opinion if you are just another fool venting his spirit?

"The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near." Proverbs 10:14

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8 comments:

  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! It would be awesome to yell and tell someone what we think... unfortunately, we can't take words back once we use them. And if you are anything like me, you regret what you say after you say it lol.

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  2. Yep. I get this. Before Christ, I would pride myself in being able to destroy a person with my words. I try not to do that any more unless the Holy Spirit prompts me and still, I need to be prudent. This is a Five Minute Friday post that deserves more time! Great job!

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  3. How right you are! When I was younger, I was prone to spouting off regardless of how what I said made people feel. I try so hard now that I'm a little older, and hopefully wiser, to hold my tongue and never speak out of anger. It takes a lot of patience and prayer but I try! :) Thanks for posting such an important reminder!

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  4. Oh, I want to do that same thing so many times! It takes a lot for me to keep my mouth shut. "Holding it back" is wise, but so, so hard.

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    1. Oh I know how hard it is! I usually just think "but what would my husband say?" or "I'll just have to apologize later!" Those two things usually are enough motivation to keep my mouth shut.

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  5. Thank you for this reminder! I'm having a hard time practicing restraint in a certain sibling matter and appreciate this reminder! Why is it so hard?????

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