- Women have a hard time keeping their mouth closed
It stems from the need to be heard, seen, known, and loved. The status of knowing something that others don’t, makes us important doesn’t it?
So we share someone’s story and fall prey to gossip.
Our words can kill. What we say can be the death of relationships, reputations, careers—making way for division, discrimination, fear, and hate.
But God tells us to fill our mouths with life, not death.
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21 NLT
We need to recognize that our words are powerful. We should only speak when others have given us permission to speak into their lives. Using words to build up others, and always speaking with truth and grace.
- Women don’t know how to deal with confrontation
There are two ways we handle confrontation: we either blow up or we back down. We carry the need to be liked, so if someone disagrees with us, we take it as a direct personal attack.
We don’t need to have comebacks or “one up” someone with our words, we don’t need to be emotional, and we certainly don’t have to sulk. We can simply accept what the person has to say, or we can reject it.
“They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.”
2 Samuel 22:19 NIV
When we discern if what is being said is true or false, then we can accept or reject those words. Just remove emotion and simply state the facts—responding with dignity and confidence. When we let go of other people’s perceptions and live comfortably in our own skin, we are able to stand firm and let the Lord be our support.
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