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BEFORE YOU SPEAK



David asked the Lord, "Set a watch , O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips' (Psalm 141:3). This is a good prayer for all believers to pray.


We have reviewed many scriptures that will help you control your tongue. Today we want to consider some practical guidelines. Before you speak, ask these questions.


-Will what I am about to say bring glory to God? -Is it the truth? -Is it fair to all concerned? -Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

-Will it edify others (result in goodwill and better friendships)? -Have I talked to the person I am talking about? -Is what I am saying a fact that needs to be shared or is it based on rumors and does not

really need to be said? -Is it absolutely necessary that I share this?


Before you speak, think on these verses:

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. (Psalms 139:4)

...the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. (Proverbs 16:21)

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (Proverbs 16:23)

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! (Proverbs 15:23)


Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. (2 Peter 3:11)


A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life; but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. (Proverbs 13:3)


PRAYER:

My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.


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