Don’t you just love those friends that listen to you complain and grumble a little bit, but then give you a kick in the butt and tell you to keep going!?
I DO! And sometimes that’s just what I need.
I recently got stung by my lack of discernment. I had opened up and shared, perhaps a little bit too much with someone. I wasn’t doing it to get sympathy, but sometimes I just need to “let off a little steam” as the saying goes. The day after our conversation I almost called her back to be sure that I didn’t leave the wrong impression. Well, I didn’t call back; but I did leave the wrong impression. Bummer.
So now over a month later, I’ve got to go back and clean up the mess I made.
Here’s a few verses that I ought to remember…
- Proverbs 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
- Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom…
- Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;keep watch over the door of my lips.
Another tidbit I learned from this is that before I seek to “help” someone with MY counsel, I need to be sure that I have prayed and sought God’s guidance in the matter. I should be quick to pray, not to counsel or fix things. I should not try to “remedy” a situation that may very well be exactly what the Lord is using to mold this person.