….sin is not absent”

prov-10-v-19-jan-25-2017Art by Adele Bower

My Mother once told me that I was born talking. My friends and family would probably say that I’m still talking which may be true. I love people and I enjoy talkative people.  I love to share my thoughts, experiences, concerns, joys, and plans and I love to hear their thoughts, experiences, concerns, joys and plans. In the midst of all that talking I probably repeat myself from time to time, but doesn’t everyone? Some well-meaning advice may slip into the conversation from time to time.

For several years I was blessed to speak before many Christian women’s events as well as a few professional organizations and teach many women’s Bible classes . As you can imagine, I loved it.

But all this talk can have a down side, as Proverbs 10:19 so poetically states. As in all our relationships and actions we should seek the Lord to guide us including our conversations.

In my last blog, “I Hate Criticism“, I mentioned that instead of one or more New Year’s resolutions, I was going to make one for the new month….all twelve as they arrive….and each based on a particular Scripture for that month.

MY FEBRUARY SCRIPTURE RESOLUTION IS PROVERBS 10:19,

“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”

In this particular time in our nation I have no problem keeping quiet on social media, but I want to learn to do the same among friends and family. My husband, bless him, has always been a patient listener. After a lot of consideration I’ve decided to do my best to hold my tongue. May the Lord help me.

‘Til He Shouts!

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6 thoughts on “….sin is not absent”

  1. Thank you so much, Adele, for this timely reminder! You always seem to know when I need a word from the Lord! Oh, how often how I’ve wished I could retrieve my words! May we use our words to build and encourage, to uplift those who need them! May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in HIS sight! Love you, dear friend.

  2. Hi Adele,

    That’s an excellent Proverb scripture for each to practice.

    I’m a reading tutor at a nearby elementary school. One of the teachers has a large heart-shaped picture on which she has written,

    “Before you speak Think and be smart It’s hard to mend a broken heart.”

    Gloria

    On Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 1:28 PM, Letters From Adele wrote:

    > Adele Bower posted: “Art by Adele Bower My Mother once told me that I was > born talking. My friends and family would probably say that I’m still > talking which may be true. I love people and I enjoy talkative people. I > love to share my thoughts, experiences, concerns, joys, a” >

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