(There is) a time to keep silence, and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7).
That tongue is impossible to control (James 3:8)! How is God guiding you to learn when to speak and when to be silent?
- Discretion. It’s knowing which words suit the situation, and how to honor the trust granted you by others who share private information that shouldn’t be repeated.
- Self control. When the sentence begins, “I’m sorry, but…”, or “I know I shouldn’t say this, but…”, or “Bless her heart…”, chances are we’re hinting we’re about to say something that shouldn’t be said. Why do we say these things? Because we’re angry, we’re gossipy, we’re prideful, or some other sin has grabbed hold of the reigns of our hearts and consequently our tongues.
- Courage and Truth. God’s people speak up for those who have no voice. We stand firm on our faith and we speak the words of Christ. We share the gospel. We affirm what God has said in His Word. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).