When to keep your mouth shut!

I don’t remember where I came across this.  A copy has been hanging in my office for probably 20 years or more.  There’s no by-line or signature.  I quite often have visitors to my office comment on this list, and they always find one or two that they resonate with.  Over the years I’ve found quite a few myself.  I’ve often read through them just remind myself of the truth of James 3:5, Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

At work or at home or wherever we go, we do need to guard our tongue.  Our Christian testimony is at stake.  I’ve often heard it said that we have two ears and only one mouth for a reason.  I think it’s good advice to take all of these principles to heart.


Don’t open your mouth …

  • In the heat of anger: Pro 14:17.
  • When you don’t have all the facts: Pro 18:13.
  • When you haven’t verified the story: Deut 17:6.
  • If your words will offend a weaker brother or sister: 1 Cor 8:11.
  • If your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your friends or family: 1 Pet 2:21-23.
  • When you are tempted to make light of holy things: Ecc 5:2.
  • When you are tempted to joke about sin: Pro 14:9.
  • If you would be ashamed of your words later: Pro 8:8.
  • If your words would convey the wrong impression: Pro 17:27.
  • If the issue is none of your business: Pro 14:10.
  • When you are tempted to tell an outright lie: Pro 4:24.
  • If your words would damage someone else’s reputation: Pro 16:27.
  • If your words will damage a friendship: Pro 16:28.
  • When you are feeling critical: Jam 3:9.
  • If you can’t say it without screaming it: Pro 25:28.
  • When it is time to listen: Pro 13:1.
  • If you may have to eat your words later: Pro 18:21.
  • If you have already said it more than one time (Then it becomes nagging): Pro 19:13.
  • When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person: Pro 24:24.
  • When you are supposed to be working instead: Pro 14:23.

“Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” Pro 21:23.