New Living Translation (©2007)
Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
Wow! How many times in a week or even in a day do we get the opportunity to practice this scripture? God has blessed me with the ability to articulate out of my mouth exactly what I want to say. This is great when used for good and not evil!
It is so easy to take our gifts and turn them into something they were never intended to be used for. It can happen quickly without even realizing it.
If you have been blessed with the gift of giving, are you withholding gifts as you see fit out of selfish gain or with prayerful consideration? If you have been blessed with musical talent, are you using it to glorify God and worship Him or are you using it for yourself and selfish gain? Do you have the gift of teaching or encouraging others? Are you using your lips to curse your family and friends instead? Are you using your lips to murder with gossip instead of simply praying for someone and blessing them with hope? Are you blessed with perfect vision giving you the ability to fly aircraft or play certain sports or have a certain job because of your gift? Are you using that gift to lust and search for pornography? Are you using your ears to hear dirty jokes? Are you using your feet to take you places you shouldn’t go though your feet have been called to mission trips?
Like the Israelites, we quickly forget all our faithful God has done for us. Despite His blessings, we allow the devil to pervert what is holy. We allow Him to pervert our calling and our true purpose.
God has been working on me about my mouth. I have been blessed with a voice to sing and a quick thought to speak what I know and what I think and believe. All beautiful gifts! But, with these gifts should also come the desire to practice self control and to hold my tongue when I feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit. I must learn to speak good things over those who curse me. I must speak blessings over my family, my friends, my husband, and my children. Then, I must practice wisdom and say very little if anything at all in the midst of adversity.
I was able to practice this over the weekend and though it was very difficult, it has been rewarding for me! I have learned, though I may have plenty to say, my words will not instantly change a person or situation, only God can do that. The only thing I can do to change a persons opinion of me is to show love. Sometimes, it is necessary to step away from a relationship. Sometimes it is necessary to change ourselves.
What do you battle with? What are your gifts and how do you use them? Starting with just one thing, what could you begin to change about yourself?