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Holding Your Peace – Pull Up A Chair

~Proverbs 17:28, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

There are not too many verses in Scriptures which say that the fool can actually do something “right”! This is one verse that says even a fool can do something right – and it has to do with keeping his mouth shut! Even the “spiritual” christian struggles with holding his tongue.

The Book of James has four verses dedicated to man holding his tongue:

~James 3:5-6, 8 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. (Jam 1:26)Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (5) And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (8) But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 


I know that we have all heard the verses on holding one’s tongue. We have also heard many messages on the same topic. But if the fool can be counted wise when he holds his tongue, how much more the believer? What testimony do we have if we witness to someone and that same person hears gossip or cursing coming out of the same mouth that witnessed to him?

The believer has the ability to conquer the tongue. We have the Holy Spirit residing within us. It is His fruit that we display. If we would be displaying His fruit, we would not have the need to be bridling our tongue.

The believer who has fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance would not be struggling with his tongue. The believer would not be struggling with blessing God in one breath and then cursing someone in the next breath.

~James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Do not be a wise fool but we a wise christian who displays the fruit of the Spirit. It is accounted unto this fool that he is wise for holding his tongue. All the more responsibility do we have as believers to hold our own tongues.

~Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

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    The sacred writer crowns the whole:Who keeps his tongue, doth keep his soul.

    God has made our lips the door of the mouth, but we cannot keep that door of ourselves; therefore do we entreat the Lord to take the rule of it.

    A closed mouth gathers no foot.

    In company, guard your tongue; in solitude, your heart. Our words need watching; but so also do our thoughts and imaginations, which grow most active when we are alone.

    Let us keep constant watch over ourselves, that we may speak words agreeable to the Christian character.

    When Jehovah sets the watch, the city is well guarded: when the Lord becomes the guard of our mouth, the whole man is well garrisoned.

    Yet men do not bridle horses merely to restrain them from mischief, or from going in a wrong way; but likewise, in order to rule and direct them in the right way, that they may be useful and not merely inoffensive.

    Nature having made my lips to be a door to my words, let grace keep that door, that no word may be suffered to go out which may any way tend to the dishonor of God, or the hurt of others.

    Every day and every hour we should examine ourselves in the use of our tongues.

    Hands and feet one may bind, but who can fetter the lips? Iron bands may hold a madman, but what chains can restrain the tongue? It needs more than a purpose to keep this nimble offender within its proper range.

    Oh those sad lips of ours! We had need purpose to purpose if we would keep them from exceeding their bounds.

    Since we all have a tongue, and since so much of our time is taken up with talk, a simple catalogue of the sins of the tongue is enough to terrify us.

    To bridle the tongue, then, is to so check and rein it in, and control it, as that its use shall be wholly conformed to the law of God.

    A slip of the foot you may recover: But a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

    Guard with careful diligence that dangerous member, the tongue, lest it utter evil, for that evil will recoil upon thee, and mar the enjoyment of thy life.

    How wary does it behoove you to be in all your conversation; being forewarned by your Judge, that by your words you shall be justified, or by your words you shall be condemned!

    All manner of tongue sins, we must, by constant watchfulness and steadfast resolution, put from us, put far from us, abstaining from all words that have an appearance of evil and fearing to learn any such words.

    Keep your tongue a prisoner and your body will go free.

    He who would be a Christian must be prepared to avoid evil and do good, to seek peace, to refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile, and must commit himself to God.

    Our tongue always wants watching, for it is restive as an ill-broken horse; but especially must we hold it in when the sharp cuts of the Lords rod excite it to rebel.

    Psalm 39:1; “I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.”

    Proverbs 21:23; “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.”

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