May 4, 2012
Resisting The Temptation!
Temptation is only a temptation when it touches on a desire within. (i.e. James 1:14) If no desire, no problem. Temptation is unfortunately a reality of life; it will come. (i.e. Luke 17:1) Therefore if the occasions or places of temptation are unavoidable -- and we should avoid them if we can -- developing the ability to resist giving in is the key to success.
When we are caught off guard by temptation it is possible to be tripped up by it before we realize what we have done. This is no more true than when it comes to our interaction with others. How we handle CONVERSATIONS must be guarded for it is far too easy to get ourselves into trouble with our WORDS. Someone has said, "The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." [original source unknown]
Solomon declared. . .
"(1) For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: . . . (7) . . . A TIME TO KEEP SILENCE, AND A TIME TO SPEAK." ( Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7b ESV)
The wisdom is in knowing which is which and to resist saying what might not be beneficial or good. How well are we doing at differentiating between times for silence and times for SPEAKING?
Solomon also stated. . .
"(19) When words are many, transgression is not lacking, BUT WHOEVER RESTRAINS HIS LIPS IS PRUDENT." ( Proverbs 10:19 ESV)
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"(27) WHOEVER RESTRAINS HIS WORDS HAS KNOWLEDGE, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding." ( Proverbs 17:27 ESV)
Exercising restraint when it comes to OUR WORDS may not always be easy, but it reveals prudence and understanding. Being sensible regarding the situation and understanding toward those with whom we are SPEAKING reveals wisdom we have gained from above. Maintaining a calm "cool spirit" will go a long way in aiding in resisting saying what should not be said. May we exercise godly discretion in our discussions with others.
Have a great day EXEMPLIFYING THE FINE ART OF GODLY COMMUNICATION!
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