In the world but not of it

November 9, 2009

Bite your tongue…

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A truly wise person uses few words; a person with
understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep
silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent. Proverbs 17:27-28

Knowing when to talk is as important as knowing what to say.

It tends to be very difficult for most of us. The timing of
our words, the tone with which we say them and the actual words we use in
expressing our point all need to be managed quite well.

Law practices have been established and flourished just on
handling cases based on what someone said or didn’t say. We are all familiar
with the phrase “he said, she said”. Many people are eager to speak as a means
of showing their intelligence on a subject or just to be part of the
conversation and not feel left out. But there is great wisdom in knowing what
to say with as few words as possible and when to say them.

Our passage is a simple reminder of the things we need to
practice most. It is the simple principles of life that seem to have the
deepest meaning and value and also produce the greatest result.

Silence is often a better approach than speech. You remember
Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus when “not knowing what to say,
he said”…

We need to pray for wisdom regarding our speech and our
timing. Remember that to “bite your tongue” is not necessarily a bad thing.


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