I wrote this in 2014. Some lessons never get old.
July 31, 2014 (Facebook post): A couple of months ago, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to watch what I say–not just in person, but in social media, when I write emails or books or poems: whatever!
You know what I found when I started doing that? I found out (1)how easy it is to say the wrong thing; (2) how hard it is to let things go if you do not give them to God immediately; (3) how damaging it is when you do NOT bridle your tongue; (4) how out of control what I think and what I feel can be even knowing the word of God; and (5) how empowering it is to speak the word only.
Throughout his ministry, Jesus had many opportunities to say what He really felt; and yet, time after time, He chose not to say much (if He wasn’t teaching); He took His time to listen to God before speaking; or He spoke the WORD only.
Our lives would be so much better if we stopped satisfying our fleshly need to “tell people how we feel”. This isn’t Godly–it is a dangerous manifestation of self righteousness.
And Before you say, “well, the bible says go to your brother…” Please note that in doing so, you are NOT calling people out on how you feel, but to lead that person back into a right relationship with God when they have stumbled.
The most powerful thing you can do as a Christian is to control what you say and how you say it. It means the difference between life and death.