The Wisdom of Restraining Our Lips

“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”

(Pro 10:19)

Do you love to talk? Are you a “talker” and do you always have something to say in any given conversation? If so, this proverb invites us to take a closer look at our verbal propensities and how they welcome sin.

We live in a world where everyone has something to say, about everything, all the time.  The entertainment and social nature of our culture almost begs us to have an opinion on the issues and non-issues that we are inundated with on a regular basis. However harmless it may seem to participate in meaningless conversation, we must by the grace of God, resist.

Even a person cursory knowledge of the Bible will be familiar with the commentary the Apostle James makes on the nature of the tongue.  Here’s a quick refresher of James 3:

  • If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man.
  • A tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.
  • The tongue defiles the whole body.
  • No man can tame the tongue.
  • It [the tongue] is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

It is no wonder why wisdom is pronounced upon the person who is slow to speak.  However there is another, less attractive reason we should be very careful about the words we speak.  Jesus said of our idle talk, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” (Mt 12:36)

Beloved, there is no such thing as idle talk. Frivolous conversation in the life of the redeemed simply does not exist. This should put the fear of God into us and when that happens, we have accessed wisdom. We must then use that wisdom to restrain our lips.

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