By Joyce Meyer
I'm telling the truth-no matter what
Most Christians probably think, I don't have problem with lying. But sometimes telling the truth hurts and we just don't want to hurt or offend people or risk our reputation.
I honestly believe if you're going to be committed to the truth, at some point, you're going to have to admit your weaknesses and make hard choices.
Ephesians 4:14 tells us to let our lives lovely express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly].
I encourage you to be committed to the truth. Cherish it. Hang on to it, no matter what it costs you. You won't regret it!
Gods Word Is In My Vocabulary
Jeremiah 23:28 says, "...Let the one who has my word speak it faithfully...". The message translation of Jeremiah 23:29 says the truth is like "a sledgehammer busting a rock' into pieces. I love that!
Sometimes you have to hit a nut or a shell over and over again until it cracks open and you can enjoy the fruit inside. Well, people can be seem as hard but God's Word can open them right up.
Keep speaking the Word of God. Make it part of your everyday vocabulary.
I'm going to say just enough
The book of Proverbs is filled with scriptures about holding your tongue. Proverbs 17:28 says, "Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he close his lip he is esteemed a man of understanding."
Before you start talking about things you feel strongly about, ask yourself how much you really need to say. Get quiet and listen to what God is saying. You'll never regret saying what He wants you to say, the way He would say it.
It's easy to focus on things we shouldn't say or do, but that usually just leads to defeat. I want to encourage you to concentrate on the positive things you should say and do instead. As Romans 12: 31 says, we overcome evil with good. So make it your goal to do what is good before God, and enjoy the freedom and victory it brings to your life!