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Before you do anything, count the cost of it. I don’t mean the literal price of it. I mean: weigh it in the balance. Figure out if you should, if you shouldn’t, if it’s worth it, if it’s not.
Before you say anything, do the same thing. Count the cost. Ask yourself, Is what I am about to say worth saying? What am I trying to accomplish by doing this?
Another question to ask yourself is this: Regarding what I am about to do… Am I willing to live with the consequences of it?
In Matthew 12:36-37 (ESV), Jesus says the following: “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
There are times to be silent, and there are times to speak up. There are times to encourage, and there are times to confront. There are times to give someone a hug, and there are times to rebuke.
Discern your situation, and ask for the Holy Spirit’s help, for He is willing and able.