Do you KNOW how difficult that is?You can increase your peace immediately if you would just make a decision today that you are not ever going to give your opinion to anybody again unless they ask you for it.
So I decided that I would give this a try and in doing so I realized how often I DO give my opinion without being asked. It also made me think about the impact of giving it without being asked and in giving it WITH being asked!
The difference? Without being asked for my opinion, but giving it anyway, kinda seemed to make no impact! Giving it when asked, firstly made me think about how and what I was going to say, and then noticing that the person asking, actually took note of my words, thought about them, mulled them over and either accepted or rejected it, but with grace. I have with joy seen someone take something I've said and grown from it or grown closer to the Lord and its wonderful, and humbling. But when my words, uninvited, get fobbed off, well thats kind of my problem isn't it?
The last few nights when I've gone to bed, I've considered my words for the day and realized a lot of what I said, that I felt was good advice or helpful words, were in fact, uninvited! Sigh..... !
Proverbs 17 v 27: He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit.
So, my encouragement to you is if you want your words to have an impact, wait until you are invited to offer your opinion. This does promote peace as no conflict can arise from it. Such wise words from Joyce Meyer!
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