Think Before You Speak

A Warning

When this author was young, it was not uncommon to hear the warning “think before you speak,” due largely to the tendency of being very talkative. He remembers being confused by this warning at that age, because it seemed impossible to move one’s mouth and speak without using one’s brain. However, in time he understood what these words were a wise warning – words matter, and it is vitally important to consider one’s speech carefully before speaking.

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The Wisdom of Expedience

True Spiritual Maturity

All things are lawful; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful; but not all things edify.
1 Corinthians 10:23 (ASV)

With this one short verse, Paul describes one of the great responsibilities found within true spiritual maturity.

A Ready Defense

Standing Up, Standing Strong

Part of walking as a Christian is standing up for Christ who we serve. This means that before the world the Christian is to be neither passive, nor timid. Instead, when challenged, maligned, or merely questioned, the Christian should be ready and willing to answer. Peter described such an attitude in his first epistle, encouraging Christians to:

…sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to given an account…
1 Peter 3:15a (NASU)

Caveat Emptor

The Frustration of Deception

There are few things in life as frustrating as being deceived. Whether it was being sold a defective product, trusting in someone that betrayed that trust, or receiving bad advice or information; in the end we commonly feel used and foolish. While angry with the one or ones who wronged us, we can be most angry with ourselves for being so gullible.

Age or Wisdom?

Generational Tension

Within each generation there exists a degree of tension both with the generation before them and the one to come. It is common for one generation to have concern over the choices of the next, believing them to be acting foolishly. Sometimes this concern is founded; sometimes it is just a difference of opinion.