Don’t Be A Babbler

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Proverbs 10:19

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable , But he who restrains his lips is wise.

This reminds me of a similar phrase: “Better to say nothing and let them think you are a fool than to open your mouth and prove them right.”

Close your eyes and picture a wise person.  Chances are the person you pictured is quietly contemplating something.  There’s a reason for that.  It is difficult to meditate when you are busy talking.  Furthermore, it is hard to really hear someone when you are simply waiting for your turn to talk.

The first part of the verse is humbling (as a blogger) and true (from experience).  Say enough things and eventually some of it is going to be hurtful, shameful, or just plain sinful.  You can work on being forgiven, but in some cases your words will never be forgotten.  And don’t you believe that stuff about sticks and stones, because words can cut deeper than any sharp stone.

I could go on, but that would kind of go against the point here.  So I’ll just encourage you to take some time today and quietly contemplate the Lord’s word.


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