Well I know we all go through seasons of working on things and this is the season that my husband and I are working on our words. Well that's all I can say so I don't get into trouble, just kidding. There are so many areas this pertains to.
There's Grumbling - John 6:43 Jesus answered and said to them, "Do not grumble among yourselves.
There's Complaining - Psalm 39:1 I said, "I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence."
There's Back Biting - Proverbs 25:23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
There's Worldly Chatter - 2 Timothy 2:16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness.
Ephesians 4:29 says Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God's favor) to those who hear it. (Amp)
Well a friend and I have similar agitations in our world that we share. So we have decided that we can't talk to each other on these issues because we feed off of each other and get the other worked up. So in our efforts for both us to walk more upright and not offend God we are working very hard at keeping our mouths shut.
So this morning as I was getting ready for work and taking to God asking again for the words of my mouth to be edifying and pleasing to Him, I briefly thought about my friends and my agreement to not touch certain subjects that we have laid down. When all the sudden God says to me "Good thing for you two to lay these issues down". "Do you know what you are like when you feed off one another?" I didn't have time to say "What" and He finished. "You are like a tank of piranha picking the bones clean in a bloody pool of water". Yuck!
So I shared this with my friend and any time we even started to say something we shut our mouth and said "I'm not a piranha, thank you Jesus"
It was a very quiet, but very calm day. Thank you Lord for your loving "graphic" correction.
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