The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless – Unknown
So many of us are guilty of this, we talk and talk and talk without actually saying anything. Probably because we feel talking will make people notice or acknowledge our presence. But does this really work for us? I wonder.
Today, I will be sharing with you the beauty in silence, and this I have titled, “Just Keep Quiet!”
Dear Purple Reader, knowing when to open your mouth and when to keep it shut is wisdom. But some of us don’t know this, we tend to speak when we shouldn’t and we sometimes don’t speak when we should. The scripture says:
Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom! [Job 13:5]
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. [Proverbs 17:28]
There is a time to tear and a time to mend, a to be SILENT and a time to speak. [Ecclesiastes 3:7]
I have learnt more from being quiet and from embracing silence than I’ve learnt from talking. To this end, the basis we’ll be considering in today’s piece is when silence is best, like I’ve earlier stated.
Dear Purple Reader, a lot of people suffer at the judgmental hands of others because they fall outside of our realm of interests and standards, yet this is not enough license to sneer. It is assumed that people who criticize and try to belittle others for no particular reason are scared to admit the existence of their flaws, hence, they reaffirm their deception by accusing others of having those flaw.
In other words, sharing your critical opinions about other people is always a mistake. We need to cover one another with love, instead of exposing and pointing out their weaknesses or flaws. So dear, if you only speak up to ridicule, mock, belittle or insult, just keep quiet!
Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. [Proverbs 11:12]
Silence is also best in times of anger:
A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs it up. [Proverbs 15:1]
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city. [Proverbs 16:32]
We are oftentimes not in our right mind when we are angry and we speak words capable of breaking hearts, friendship and opportunities when we should have just kept quiet.
In this light, excessive talk opens the door to sin:
In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise [Proverbs 10:19]
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. [Proverbs 21:23]
It is also pertinent to know that understanding comes from listening and using our words sparingly. We can’t gain knowledge if we are constantly talking. Talking too much actually means we are paying less attention.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak … [James 1:19]
David was conscious of a liableness to err and feels that with all his own watchfulness he may be surprised into sin, and so he prays to the Lord to keep him, thus:
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips [Psalms 141:3]
Dear Purple Reader, restraining our lip is an indication of great wisdom, times we need to listen, times we are in conflict or about talking rashly to a neighbour, it’s best we just keep quiet!
Leave a comment and share with me how this truth shapes you.
Until next time, have a wonderful day!