Where words are many, sin is not wanting; but those who restrain their lips do well. Proverbs 10:19 NABRE
We are in a section of Proverbs that is the Wisdom of Solomon. We read several verses on the wisdom of using speech. Words can destroy and wound or they can reveal too much and offend. But words can also contribute advice or comment on value and support others in need of encouragement and recognition. The training of wisdom teaches great attention should be given to speech, we should be communicating and revealing wise decisions. The verse quoted indicates when we talk too much there is a good chance untruth or sin is being revealed. James says, “… everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” (1:19) It is possible we try to impress others with what we know and so we feel the need to speak and share more than we should; but truly it is action that should be speaking on our behalf, not words. We should be much more ready to humbly listen; to anyone. Failure to listen to others can lead to misunderstanding. But the simple act of being ready to hear what others have to say can bring healing and restoration. People are more alone than ever, we have more ways to communicate and we never really talk. When we listen to someone who might be lonely we are saying you are important, your words have value to me. Isn’t this what Christ would want people to know?
Be someone who restrains their lips, let your ears do more work. There is another proverb that reads, “even fools, keeping silent, are considered wise;” (Proverbs 17:28) Imitate Christ and use your words for others, be a humble listener allowing others to be important to you. Jesus did more through action than speaking, follow His example.
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