3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Opening Your Mouth (or Posting Your Status)

by Mark T. Hancock · 1 comment

Recently I landed on the facebook pages of a few sons of the man who led me to the Lord. Their father and I were everyday friends 30+ years ago, but years and distances have parted us even though the fondness and friendship remains.

I was curious about this window into Kregg’s current life, and his sons’ posted comments reflected richly on a father and mother who obviously raised their sons well (they’ve got a few other kids, but they aren’t on facebook yet). There’s plenty to say about how our words reflect on Our Father.

In the abundance of words spoken today, through social media, 24 hour news, TV and radio talk shows, and plain ol’ conversations it’s easy to become quick-spoken and to disengage the prayerful thought process that should precede our words.

I thought it fitting to offer 3 (there are many more) questions that can be asked should we decide to think about what we are going to say before we say it.

1) Is it necessary?

“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.”
(Proverbs 10:19)

David knew this, “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)

2)  Is it edifying?

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

3) Do I want an increase of what I am about to say?

The Word is God’s seed and He sows His Word in our hearts when we read and meditate on it.

Our thoughts are our seed and our lips sow the seed when we speak. They are increased around us.

Can you think of any other questions you could ask yourself before speaking?

(Another post to consider:  Speak UP!)

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Diana Decker June 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

These articles are very encouraging and uplifting. I have been incorporating them in ”family devotions” as our family comes together to pray and seek His Idendity and Habitation. I have been discouraged in Facebook, and have also been ”caught up” on my own words…..
Hearing Sarcasm among people I know, and leaders etc. just has affected me. I can only pray for that, but work on my own words
and encourage my family, etc.

Thank you for sharing these words of encouragement.

Diana Decker

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