“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom.” (Proverbs 10:19-21)
There is an old saying that heard, “When in doubt, do without.” In the area of words, this can be a great reminder to watch our words carefully and not say something we shouldn’t. When we are faced with a difficult person or situation, it may be best not to talk much at all but instead, take time to think and pray about your response.
Like in the book of Proverbs, the book of James reminds us to be careful with our words. They have the power to encourage and the power to destroy, so choose carefully what you say. In fact, today as you talk to those around you, take a mental evaluation of your words. Are you giving others time to speak? Are you encouraging others with your words, or are you using your words to gossip or tear down. Pray that God would give you wisdom on when to speak. After all, another old adage was right when it said, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.”
“When in doubt, do without,” is a great reminder when it comes to speech and a idle chatter.
Heavenly Father, I know there are times that I have spoken out of turn. Forgive me for those moments and give me wisdom on how best to use my words. Allow me to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Use my words to bring others closer to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.