Perhaps one of the most poignant  ground rules in life is simply knowing when to keep ones mouth shut. I want to share some scriptural references in that regard that can be an excellent daily guide for daily living. These hold true in every aspect of work, school, church and relationships.

When contemplating whether to speak or keep your mouth shut:

In the heat of anger, Proverbs 14:17.  When it is time to listen, Proverbs 13:1.

When you have the urge to yell, Proverbs 25:28. Feeling critical, James 3:9.

If your words will destroy a friendship, Proverbs 25:28.

If your words will damage another's reputation, Proverbs 16:27.  

If an issue is none of your business, Proverbs 14:10.

When you have urge to make light of holy matters, Ecclesiastes 3:2.

If you joke about sin, Proverbs 14:9. Tempted to lie, Proverbs 4:24.

If you would be ashamed of your words later, Proverbs 8:8.

When you don't have all the facts on an issue, Proverbs 18:13.

If you may have to eat your words later, Proverbs 18:21.

If you are tempted to flatter a wicked person, Proverbs 24:24.

When you are suppose to be working instead, Proverbs 14:23.

And last be certainly not least … If your words will be a poor reflection upon the Lord or your friends, associates and family, Peter 2: 21-23.

James W. Anderson