Updated: May 20
Muzzle your mouth.
Whether on stage, hanging out with friends, or casually talking, if you are not careful your mouth can get you in trouble.
My favorite shows are detective shows and one thing I notice about people when they get interrogated is, they say too much, especially the guilty ones.
Our own arrogance can fool us into thinking we can outsmart others, but all it does is get us into trouble.
The thing about words is, once you say it, you cannot take it back.
So, it is best to learn how to muzzle your mouth.
Although your mouths have a tendency to get us in a lot of trouble we can learn to bridle your tongue.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent - Proverbs 17:28.
Humility will refrain us from saying regrettable words, since words lead to actions, whether by you or someone else.
We should strive for humility because it keeps us safe from ourselves.
We are human and every human has flaws. And since we are born in a state of learning, we do not know it all. So, humility will help you say and do the right thing while in the process of learning and growing.
Humility will muzzle your mouth and keep you out of trouble.
Humility keeps you on track of doing the will of God and helps you to stay in God's timing.
God's timing is perfect. It is ideal, flawless, the best, and excellent. It is unmatched and no other time can be better.
It is unparalleled.
When you figure out how to move in God’s timing, you will operate like God.
In the book of Job God did not interject when Job and his friends were going back and forth, instead He waited.
Then when God spoke, it was profound and prolific. It opened the men’s eyes to how ignorant and wrong they were about what they were saying, and it was done with undebatable truth.
This was an act of humility and His good timing, because God could have shut them down early in the conversation but He did not.
He waited until the perfect time.
Humility makes you operate, speak, and act in wisdom.
It will help you know when to speak and when not to.
When you speak out of humility you sound and say foolish things. But when you speak from a humble place you speak with wisdom.
You do not allow it to make it about you, instead you speak with sensibility.
As mentioned in the book of Job, God demonstrated humility by allowing Job and his friends to talk back and forth for 38 chapters. Although Job did not speak in error like His friends did, God still had to insert Himself and ask Job some questions so Job will realize he did not know it all. And that only God has full understanding of everything.
Instead of Job’s friend seeking understanding from God about Job's situation, they spoke arrogantly until God had to tell them they had not spoken about Him correctly (Job 42:7).
Your destiny is in your mouth.
Without God’s mercy and asking Job to pray for his friends their destiny could have been God dealing with them according to their stupidity (Job 42:8).
Humility is our protection against pride.
Pride is one word but has numerous traits and all these behaviors are traits of pride: impatience, frustration, irritable, easily angered, easily offended, demanding, difficult, nagging, insistent, selfish, attention seeking, arrogance, criticizing, fault finding, stubbornness, showing off, talkative, competitiveness, disobedience, egotistical, narcissists, jealousy (read more about jealousy here), judgmental, greed, no harmony and more.
Any time you make it about "you" and what "I" want without considering others, you are acting in pride.
Pride is a subtle tricky spirit or character and you need humility to expose it.
Look up these words, it will surprise you when you see the meaning behind them, and compare them to your own life and see which ones you battle with.
Once you do, ask God to help get rid of them and be patient in the process because depending on who you are the process will be harder and longer for some.
But once they are gone you will see a change and you will naturally operate in humility.
Being humble is a trait of love, are you starting to see the connection?
Love Is the opposite of pride and love too is one word with many traits and humility is one of them.
When you are humble, you are demonstrating love.
The bible talks about what love is and is not in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, and when you read it you will see some of the traits of pride listed.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
The Scriptures goes as far to say if you do not love, then you do not know God (John 4:8).
It is saying you may know Him like we know someone who is famous, but we are not intimate with them.
There is no companionship or communion with God. And you do not share the same interest as God and your life is proof of it.
It is more than going to a building with a bunch of people called church. That alone will not help you conduct in love.
It takes more.
And it is not in vain.
The reward for humility and honor to the Lord is riches, honor, and life - Proverbs 22:4
That is what happen to Job at the end of His life when he humbled himself before God.
The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. 16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so Job died, an old man and full of years - Job 42:12-17.
He was willing to say, "God I was wrong" and he opened his heart to what God was saying - He was opened to God’s Word.