Self-control and The Tongue

Social Around our home, we talk frequently of self-control. When the children were small (the older ones, that is), we taught them self control by having them hug themselves real tight. We’d say, “what is self-control?” and they’d hug real tight! The idea was that they were taking their body under control. Consequently, we can see where our children have grown up with so much more self-control than us.

prednisone 20 mg purchase There is yet another manner of self-control we all need to be mindful of … the tongue!  We should be making habits of thinking before speaking or reacting.

Generally speaking, don’t go with your gut reactions. Make it a motto! To react is to be in the flesh. To think first, is to show self-control. Remember we do not have “rights” in this fallen world and some times…no…most of the time, it’s best if we just keep our mouths shut even if we are wronged.

1 Peter 3:17 – For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. HE is the Great Accountant.

Scripture also tells us in 2 Timothy 3:1-9 that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self… boastful, arrogant… disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips,
accredited-private-1-2-1/ without self-control… We should try to do better, don’t you think?

Let’s take Jesus as our example: Did He complain and try to show how unjust His hanging on the cross was? Popular culture teaches that WE are #1. WE come FIRST.  Watch out for SELF first.

What should our response be if we are wronged? What should our response be if our husbands are disappointed that we didn’t do something they were counting on? Didn’t have the house clean? Didn’t have dinner ready? Underwear in the drawer? We want to react and open our mouth and say… but! But! But you don’t understand how my day went!

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. Proverbs 15:2

Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him. Ecclesiastes 10:12

A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless. Proverbs 14:6


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