six signs you need to stop talking

Have you ever wished you’d stopped talking about five minutes before you  actually did?

Because I’ve been there myself, I want to help protect you from saying potentially  embarrassing or hurtful things. And I’ve prepared a list of six warning signs to  let you know when it’s time to stop  talking.

Sign 1: You’re Complaining,  Not Explaining

There’s a subtle difference. Explaining is simply telling someone about  your situation. Complaining is when you have an attitude that says “I’m being  inconvenienced.” (See Philippians 2:14-15.)

There will be times when keeping quiet in order to avoid complaining  seems so hard you almost can’t stand it. But God will always give you the grace  to do it. And if we ever want to arrive at our Promised Land, we need to stop  complaining about the way God’s getting us there.

Sign 2: You’re Criticizing  Somebody

Picture this. Someone says or does something you think they shouldn’t have  done and all of a sudden, you’ve got about a hundred opinions about them that  you want to talk about!

  First Thessalonians 4:9 says, “But concerning brotherly love [for all other Christians],  you have no need to have anyone write you, for you yourselves have been  [personally] taught by God to love one another” (AMP).

  In other words, sharing your critical  opinions about other people is always a mistake. We need to cover one another with  love, instead of uncovering their weaknesses and pointing out their flaws.

Sign 3: Your God Is Too  Small

Whenever we say, “I can’t do this” or “It’s too much for me to take,”  we’re actually defeating ourselves―and we’re not trusting God to get us through  it.

What we need to say is, “God is bigger than every issue I will ever have  to face, and I can do whatever I need to do through Christ who strengthens me.”

The Bible says that David ran quickly toward the battle line to face the giant Goliath. Sometimes we stare at our circumstances too long. We  end up scaring ourselves half to death instead of believing God will give us  the victory when we face our giants.

Sign 4: You’re Self-Inflated

We like to boast about what we’ve done, what we can do, and what we’re  going to do. If we’re not careful, we can even take credit for things God did!

Everything we do, we should do it as unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23) I don’t think we can even begin to know what God  would do for us and the things He would allow us to participate in if we would  learn to keep our successes a secret between us and God, unless He specifically  gives us permission to share them.

Sign 5: You’re Standing in Judgment

“ We can look at everybody else through a magnifying glass when we’re a mess ourselves and can’t even see it.”

Matthew 7:1 (NLT) says, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” I think this is really  important for Christians because we can get our religious, snooty noses up in  the air. And if somebody does something wrong, they’re out of the group.

We can look at everybody else through a magnifying glass when we’re a  mess ourselves and can’t even see it. So we need to remain humble before God  and before others.

Sign 6: You’re Just Being Negative

The world is full of negativity. Instead of adding to that negativity,  Christians need to be positive about the problems and circumstances we face.

We may not get everything we want, the way we want it, when we want it,  but God will take care of us and give us grace to have joy and be positive in  the midst of any situation. And that’s an awesome way to live.   

joycemeyer.org

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17 thoughts on “Six Signs You Need to Stop Talking

  1. I know a lot of people that talk too much and always think of that saying, “If you’re talking too much, you’re boring someone.” But, wow, this is really 10x more significant, something even a quiet or shy person (like myself) can be guilty of! Thanks so much, I truly can learn from this one 🙂

    1. I have seen so many people ruin their ministry, friendships, trust of a loved one through gossip! It can literally cripple and sanction even churches! Bless and do not curse, which means we do not say negative and unneccesary things. Sometimes we must say things to protect another person, but we know the difference. If a negative truth comes with any satisfaction, we are in gossip and our tongues have become a weapon! If a negative truth is truly something we feel is regrettable, then our heart’s motives are pure. We should always follow the leading of the Holy Spirit!! If He says no then it is not to be said! Blessings!! Juliana

      1. Oh, I’m definitely not one to gossip — that’s why I started my own home-based business, to avoid that type of negative environment. My problem is I tend to complain about things I have no control over — silly things, nothing of importance as I’m so blessed to lead such a wonderful life. God bless! — Maryanne 🙂

  2. Hi Juliana- Great blog- and you are right on. Also I really love the pic you placed on there=)
    This is a subject I talk about a good bit and would like to share some of your thoughts with my readers, with your permission. Of course I will give you the credit. Blessings and I’ll be watching for more inspiration from you-D

    1. Thank you, Dalinda and glory to God it blessed you! This one is from Joyce Meyer, so don’t worry about giving credit to me…I just love her and know she helps millions, even in foreign countries with so much! Thank you for reading!! It is good to have you! And, yes share away anything on the site! We appreciate it! Blessings! Juliana

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