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Friday, July 31, 2020

Think About It

Avoiding Problems
Pastor B.J. Knefley

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a problem and wonder how you ever got there? Now I will agree that some problems can’t be avoided but there are some, well let’s just say if we had kept our mouth shut, we could have avoided a lot of drama. That’s right, one of the best ways to avoid problems is to keep our mouth shut. Sounds simple enough so why don’t we do it?

I suppose that one of the problems associated with a flapping tongue is that the tongue starts to move before the mind is engaged. Abraham Lincoln said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to speak out and remove all doubt”. Have you ever considered how much drama and problems could be avoided if only one had learned how to tame the tongue?

It has been said that the most powerful weapon in the human body is the tongue. It is able to praise in one breath and curse in the next. In one moment, it can be kind and gentle and in the next wicked, cutting and destructive. Nobody likes a tongue lashing, and no one likes lying lips.

You’ve heard it said that if you don’t have anything good to say then stay quiet. Good advice? I think so, but why don’t we follow it. We certainly want others to follow it when it comes to them, but what about ourselves? Is it possible that we feel that important and that our voice matters so much that we think we need to be heard? How’s that worked for you?

So how do you best avoid problems? Perhaps it is through learning the value of a gentle spirit. Why? Because a gentle spirit brings peace in the midst of conflict and strife. How do you get a gentle spirit? The answer to this is found it I Corinthians 13. We call this the love chapter. Take some time to read this and let its words sink in. Love is a verb, it’s about an action, it’s not about feelings. To love is to be gentle, caring, peaceful and it is always a choice. Think about it.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Thank you Pastor Knefley. We are all guilty of this at one time or another!