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“Confidence is when you (are) able to complement people without you feeling insecure” – Sarkodie (Ghanaian Musician; 1988 – ?)

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“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

WHEN TO BE SILENT

The Bible instructs, directs and encourages us to:

1.  Be silent In the heat of
     anger – (Prov 14:17)

2.  Be silent When you don’t
     have all the facts – (Prov
     18:13)

3.  Be silent When you
     haven’t verified the story –
     (Deut 17:6)

4.  Be silent If your words
     will offend a weaker
     person – (1 Cor 8:11)

5.  Be silent When it is time
     to listen – (Prov 13:1)

6.  Be silent When you are
     tempted to make light of
     holy things – (Eccl 5:2)

7.  Be silent When you are
     tempted to joke about
     sin – (Prov 14:9)

8.  Be silent If you would be
     ashamed of your words
     later – (Prov 8:8)

9.  Be silent If your words
     would convey the wrong
     impression – (Prov 17:27)

10. Be silent If the issue is
      none of your business –
      (Prov 14:10)

11. Be silent When you are
      tempted to tell an
      outright lie – (Prov 4:24)

12. Be silent If your words
      will damage someone
      else’s reputation – (Pro
      16:27)

13. Be silent If your words
      will damage a friendship
      – (Prov 16:28)

14. Be silent When you are
      feeling critical – (James
      3:9)

15. Be silent If you can’t say
       it without screaming it –
      (Prov 25:28)

16. Be silent If your words
      will be a poor reflection
      of the Lord or your
      friends and family – (1 Pt
      2:21-23)

17. Be silent If you may  
       have to eat your words
       later – (Prov 18:21)

18. Be silent If you have
       already said it more
       than one time  – (Prov
       19:13)

19. Be silent When you are
      tempted to flatter a
      wicked person – (Prov
      24:24)

20. Be silent When you are
      supposed to be working
      instead – (Prov 14:23)

“WHOEVER GUARDS HIS MOUTH AND TONGUE KEEPS HIS SOUL FROM TROUBLES” – (Prov 21:23).

“BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” – (Ps 46:10)

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No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was.
Hebrews 5:4, NIV

“Greater is he who acts from love than he who acts from fear.” – Simeon Ben Eleazar

January 18, 2016

DISPUTES

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Ephesians 4:1-6

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:3

A doubtful person is someone whose loyalty comes into question from time to time. At times the person may seem very loyal and at other times disloyal. Many people actually have this trait of being both loyal and disloyal.

At times, they exhibit much loyalty and faithfulness and at other times, they are disloyal. It is important that you watch out for such people and note them carefully . They may be on your side or they may turn against you depending on the issue at hand. I have experienced this kind of mixed loyalty more than once.

You may live with such people all through your ministry and never realize how they undermine you constantly because they are also loyal to you. I once had a member of my team whose support was like the support of Joab: longstanding, unflinching. And yet in this same character, I have had a person who stirs up much dissension at meetings. It was years after these experiences that I realized that I was dealing with a mixture of both loyalty and disloyalty in the same person.

The Holy Spirit does not flow in an atmosphere of disputes. Disputes and debates stir up differences of opinion, which divide the team. Once the unity and oneness is broken, the environment for the anointing is gone. Constant, rancorous debate may be good for parliament but is not good for building an anointed team. We are to preserve the unity of the Spirit in an atmosphere of peace: “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

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