Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Charmed Serpents

“A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; the babbler is no different”
Ecclesiastes 10:11

When we have a habit of allowing ourselves to fun off at the mouth, we are creating a world of trouble for ourselves. We do not need to express every thought that comes into our heads. Here are some biblical guidelines for picking and choosing our words.

If the words edifies the hearer (Proverbs 15:23)
If the words are timely (Proverbs 15:23)
If the words are pure (Proverbs 15:26)
If the words are pleasant (Proverbs 16:24)
If the words bring peace (Romans 14:19)
If the words bring comfort (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
if the words bring grace to the hearer (Ephesians 4:29)

In the multitude of dreams and words there is much pride (Ecclesiastes 5:7)