I have an amazing quote by my friend Tina Hunt. She says; “Less is best;” meaning, when you over talk; you can in effect sell and buy back what you’ve just stated.” Less words are better. Choose your words carefully. Allow them to be Holy Spirit led. The Bible says, “Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
Our mouths are a dead give away to what we have put in our hearts. Christians are to hide God’s Word in our hearts that we might not sin against God. It’s His Word that equips and teaches us to set a guard over our lips.
Paul was trying not to be too severe. Verse five in the NASB includes (in order not to say too much) He was trying to gently correct this believer. We don’t know what the person did, because Paul doesn’t tell us. When you must give an explanation for your actions or reactions; don’t say too much. Unless you want to burn your bridges; steer clear of accusations.
God is all about restoration when He asks us; “As far as possible to be at peace with all me.” He also says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Peace and unity are important to God. You don’t want to be one who stirs up strife. There’s enough of that already in this world. The Lord says, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so you can prove what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Just remember Tina’s motto; when you must confront, “Less is best.”
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus, I want to remember Tina’s motto. Help me to practice saying less when there’s an issue, rather than talk it to death. Jesus You were a man of few words but Your words transformed lives. Help me to always give out Your Word, Your truth and be a peacemaker, not a peace taker. In Jesus Name. Amen