In The Word – Bite Your Tongue

When I think about it means to be married I think about some of the things I’ve heard people say about marriage. One of which was that marriage will either save you or make you backslide. I don’t remember who said it but I think it can be applied to any relationship.

Dealing with people we encounter many personalities which can lead to disagreements, differences of opinions and differing viewpoints. Not everyone is going to agree with what we have to say. Honestly if they did that would create another problem but we all have a choice with how we allow the disagreements, differences of opinions and differing viewpoints to change us into someone we don’t like.

Conflict at its core is not a bad thing. Sometimes conflict is necessary to bring us to the next level, whatever that may be. Conflict becomes an issue when we seek it out at all costs. Every conversation or interaction doesn’t need to turn into a heavyweight fight. Learning what to say, when to say it and where to say it can be one of the most important lessons you can learn.

I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle while the wicked are before me.” (Psalm 39:1 NKJV)

He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. (Proverbs 13:3 NKJV)

Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry. For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires]. (James 1:19-20 AMPC)

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