When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. —Proverbs 10:19
After participating in a multi-hour meeting some time ago, I sensed that perhaps I had said more than I should have. I asked one of the men who was in the meeting if I had talked too much. He said, “Well, perhaps you could have condensed that long story you told!”
I am so thankful to have real friends who will help me know when I’m not walking wisely, in accordance with the Word of God. God wants our lips to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. We need His wisdom and grace to measure our words and to speak to others only after listening to Him.
People who are measured in their words are thought to be wise. Many women express frustration that their husbands don’t listen to them. I don’t mean to be unkind, but sometimes I wonder if men might listen more attentively if we women didn’t have so much to say!
Make it Personal
Ask the Lord to bring to your mind those moments when you spoke too many words. What would have been a better response?