Can You Go One Day Without It? August 31, 2017

Small-Square_Enjoying-the-Journey-768x738 (7)

Relax. I’m not going to ask you to give up something important like chocolate or coffee. I want to ask you to give up something far more destructive.

A few days ago I started to say something in casual conversation to a family member. It was a thoughtless comment. A negative word about someone I did not even know. At that moment the Holy Spirit convicted me.

Now, as a general rule, I am a fairly positive person. But those who know me best would tell you that when I get overly tired I can also get irritable. We all must guard ourselves at such times.

One careless, critical word can do such damage. And so back to my story…

In the quiet of my spirit the Lord said to me, “I wonder what it would be like for you to go an entire day without saying anything unkind or hurtful?” I wonder.

Our mothers used to tell us that if we didn’t have something nice to say we shouldn’t say anything at all. That is good advice for all of life! Sometimes it is best to simply say nothing.

Would you join me in a challenge? Let’s ask God to help us go all day today without saying a single word that would grieve the Holy Spirit and hurt the heart of others.

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).

Post Author

More from similar topics

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Recent Posts

The ruins of the Castle of the Servant in Jordan. The historian Josephus wrote that the dynasty of Tobiah built a castle on the east side of the Jordan River, in Ammon. He specifically wrote in the Antiquities of the Jews about the carved "beasts of gigantic size" visible here on the left corner of the structure. The beasts on the right side are not as well-preserved. The structure dates to the centuries after Nehemiah, however it shows the power and prestige of this family of "servants." Photo by John Buckner

The Castle of the Servant 

Potter's hands making a vessel to be used.

4 Things To “Be” If You Want To Be Used By God

Family time

Family Night

The Mountain of the House, also known as the Temple Mount, with the Mount of Olives in the background.
Some of the steps in the foreground date from the Second Temple period, and would have been the steps Jesus ascended. Archeologists have uncovered around 300 baptismal pools along the steps leading up to the Temple. They would be convenient for baptizing 3,000 people!
The Hebrew word ruakh can mean either spirit, wind, or breath. The Breath of God, the Spirit of God, and the Wind of God are all understood to be cognates.
Photo by John Buckner

Where Was the House on Pentecost? 


  1. Margaret Martin on August 31, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    I promise to think before I speak and pray that others will try, as well. Oft times, we forget these simple things in everyday life.

    • Scott Pauley on August 31, 2017 at 7:12 PM

      Thanks for taking time to read and comment!

  2. W. L. Graham on September 1, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Although still “living and learning”, as a youth the Lord impressed Eph. 4:31 and 32 upon my heart — with special attention to the word “ALL” ! “All” means 100% ! (Ouch!)

    • Scott Pauley on September 1, 2017 at 11:31 AM

      Amen. Thanks for taking time to read and share. God bless you all.

Leave a Comment