Guard Your Attitude and Control Your Tongue

Number 3 – Guard your attitude and control your tongue

‘Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger’ James 1:19

Our culture is all about self expression. ‘I must say what I think and I must tell you how I feel!’ Really? Do you really think you have to always speak your mind? What would happen if you held your peace?

Peacemakers are good at practicing restraint and holding their tongue. When a relationship is going through stormy waters there may be times when you’re tempted to go off on the other, but peacemakers don’t allow their emotions to get the best of them. They hold back.

Identifying a problem and working up the courage to face it doesn’t mean that you have the open mic to say anything and everything you want. You don’t start ripping the other person with your accumulated frustrations, disappointments and complaints.

Too many times I’ve witnessed failed attempts at peacemaking simply because one party felt they had to lay out the entire history of every wrong done, and all the failures made.

If God ever decided to unload one at a time all the times and ways in which you have wronged and disappointed Him, you would be completely devastated. But God doesn’t work like that. He brings your sins and failures to light slowly, gradually, and He does it in love. Remember God is the great peacemaker and He is full of grace and truth.

We should all desire to let the way that God has dealt with us guide us also as we pursue peace with others.

Practice self control, especially with your tongue. Even when you are honestly confronting someone about wrong you don’t have to unload everything on them, and if you’re a peacemaker you won’t.

God Bless
Think Big
Pastor Lloyd