In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise
Words are powerful.
With our words we either bless or curse.
Want to know a simple path to wisdom? Our wisdom verse holds a key.
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Twin truths are presented in this verse:
Truth #1: Sin Comes About By A Lot Of Talking
Put simply, if you talk a lot, you tend to sin more.
I think of three reasons:
1. We usually end up saying things we regret.
Think about it; if you don’t say a lot, you can’t say things you regret. Sounds simple. So simple we often overlook the power of it.
Truth is, when we talk too much we run the risk of saying something we will regret.
2. We often gossip when we talk too much.
We’ve all been guilty of it. Someone begins talking about a situation, and before you know it, we’ve entered the conversation and given our two-cents. And we’ve said something about someone who is not present to defend themselves.
This is gossip. Talking about people behind their back. Or discussing things that are not our business.
The risk runs high when we talk too much.
3. We talk ourselves out of the promises of God.
This is huge. Picture this scenario:
You are praying about something and God drops a scripture in your heart that is a promise from God.
You cherish it. Praise God for speaking to you. And you begin standing on that promise.
You start talking about the situation. The more you talk, the more focused you become on the problem rather than the promise.
Before you know it, you are doubting the promise you received. You’ve talked yourself out of the blessing of God.
What about the second truth…
Truth #2: Silence Gives Expression To Wisdom
I learned a lesson when I was in High School. I was sitting in Ms. Browning’s math class. We were rowdy. Every one of us was trying to get everyone else’s attention. It was a free-for-all.
Then it happened.
My friend Fritz was sitting quietly in a corner. Minding his own business. When gradually people began to migrate to his desk. He had the attention of the entire room.
I said something to Ms. Browning, trying to get her undivided attention. She called me up to her desk and said…
‘Do you see Fritz?’
‘Sure’ I said.
‘Sometimes if you want attention, the best thing you can do is not demand attention!’ she replied.
Bam! There it was. A lesson to remember.
Solomon said it a little different, but the lesson is the same.
If you want to appear wise, hold your tongue. Don’t demand attention.
One more thing…
The reason this is so important is ‘Words Have Power.’
I’m pretty sure Solomon gives us this advice because he understood the power of the tongue.
It’s a lesson we should all heed…and it will put wisdom in our lives.
In the following video I expand the ideas from this verse.
How can you apply this to your life?
Are there areas in your life that you need to work on?
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