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Just Shut UP!

I know most of us have seen this list before. I’m sharing it on this website not only as a reminder to others but me too. I don’t know about you, but I still struggle with opening my mouth when I should keep it shut. I’m doing better but still slip up from time to time. What I’m trying to do now, is instead of opening my mouth to others, I open my mouth to God 😊. I tell Him what I want to say to someone else and ask Him to control my tongue and/or if I’m right about the situation, to shine light upon the situation so that it is visible and I don’t have to say anything!!!! (all according to His will of course). This takes learning to trust God will do what is best in the situation. Even if I’m right, it may not be best to shine His light on it. Everything is in His timing and He will make the situation right when it is within His time. My biggest advice to those that struggle with when to say something and when not to…. take it to God and leave it there. Note: LEAVE IT THERE, don’t take it back. If you slip up, repent and ask for forgiveness. Don't beat yourself up. We all need to remember to shut up instead of speak up.

Don't open your mouth when:

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 your words will offend a weaker person

- 1 Corinthians 8:11

5. When it is time to listen

- Proverbs 13:1

6. When you are tempted to make light of holy things

- Ecclesiastes 5:2

7. When you are tempted to joke about sin

- Proverbs 14:9

8. If you would be ashamed of your words later

- Proverbs 8:8

9. If your words would convey the 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 else's reputation

- Proverbs 16:27

13. If your words will damage a friendship

- Proverbs 16:28

14. When you are feeling critical

- James 3:9

15. If you can't say it without screaming it

- Proverbs 25:28

16. If your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your

friends and family - Peter 2:21-23

17. If you may have to eat your words later

- Proverbs 18:21

18. If you have already said it more than one time

- Proverbs 19:13

19. When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person

- Proverbs 24:24

20. When you are suppose to be working instead

- Proverbs 14:23

" Whoever guards his mouth & tongue keeps his soul from

troubles" - Proverbs 21:23