Chelsea Crockett

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When to Bite Your Tongue

How do you know when it’s time to keep your mouth shut and when it’s time to speak your mind? We walk such a fine line of wanting to say…

How do you know when it’s time to keep your mouth shut and when it’s time to speak your mind? We walk such a fine line of wanting to say what we truly want to say while still adhering to scripture and what God would want at the same time. There are five situations in which I find myself wanting to say what’s on my mind but knowing it’s best to bite my tongue!

When you are angry:

Being angry is the #1 reason that hurtful words are oftentimes said. The emotional buildup that comes from anger can lead to saying things you don’t even mean.

James 1:19-20 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” 

Slow to speak and slow to become angry. These are the two parts of the verse that we really need to pay attention to. We grew up with the phrase: “think before you speak,” and I think that’s still applicable to life today! Don’t let anger be a gateway to regret!

When you’re tempted to gossip: 

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Gossip is one of the easiest sins to fall into. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re doing it! If you find yourself in a situation where you’re tempted to gossip, either remove yourself or think of a new topic to talk about. Let your conversations be full of encouragement and positivity!

When it’s time to listen:

Sometimes all a friend needs is for someone to listen to them instead of overbearing them with advice or trying to tell them what they’re doing is wrong. When was the last time someone sat and simply listened to you? We all need these moments, and it’s important to recognize when the people close to us need them, as well.

If your words will be hurtful:

Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

If you know what you’re about to say may be hurtful, then stop and think: is this benefiting anyone? Sometimes it’s necessary to be honest and straightforward, but there can be a fine line between hurtful and truthful.

If your words don’t reflect the Lord:

As followers of Christ, people watch what we say and do whether we know they are or not. Our words and actions should reflect who Jesus is as our Lord and Savior.

Psalm 19:14 says, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

If you’re wondering if you should bite your tongue, think if Jesus would approve of what you’re about to say. Although we’ll never be perfect, we can take steps to ensure that our words are pleasing to the Lord!

Start today by creating positivity and encouragement around you by what you say. Use your words to lift people up instead of tear them down. It starts with one person to make a difference in the conversations you’re having daily! Stop tearing people down and start lifting people up, even if that means staying silent! 🙂

– Chelsea

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The Power of Your Words

Has someone ever said something to you that lingers in your head and repeats itself over and over again? This shows the power of words. Hurtful words can take a…

Has someone ever said something to you that lingers in your head and repeats itself over and over again?

This shows the power of words. Hurtful words can take a toll on your mind, heart, and entire being. They stick with you and can be hard to forget if they hit hard enough.

God has a lot to say about the power of words throughout the Bible. He gives us advice on how to watch our mouths and prayers to pray to help us think before we speak.

When words are spoken, they are a reflection of the heart. If you’re bitter and jealous, your words will show that. If you’re happy and joyful, it’ll reflect through the way you speak to others.

Take a look at Matthew 12:33-34 for example.

It says, “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit… For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

If you struggle with jealousy, anger, bitterness, etc., it shows through your words. An angry heart will speak angry words, just like a bad tree will bear bad fruit.

This is an important message that the Bible is trying to make clear to us. Your true colors will show through the way you speak! Your words are more powerful than you think and others take note of them.

So, how do we make sure our words are used for good instead of bad?

First, we need to learn patience and gratitude. We need to be able to think before we speak to ensure that what we’re saying is the right thing. James 1:19 says this: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…” 

Take the time to listen to what others are saying to you. Listen, think, and then respond. Think of how Jesus would respond to the situation! If he wouldn’t say it, then you probably shouldn’t say it either.

I think it all comes back to the golden rule: do unto others as you would like to be treated. Or in this case: speak to others as you would like to be spoken to.

Be a listening ear. Compliment others. Show kindness. You are what you say! Your positivity and kindness will be contagious, and others will take notice.

Speak from a godly heart and show others the contagious love of Jesus Christ. You’ll see a difference in how others respond to you.

Be a listener and an encourager and see how your perspective changes!

– Chelsea

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