In reading through a teen devotional book a while back, a writing by Michael Barnette touched my heart and I thought might touch yours.
TO SPEAK OR NOT TO SPEAK
Have you ever spoken a word in a hasty moment and had to endure the shame and regret for it afterward? Yes, we all have, and it is due to a lack of wisdom on our part. ” A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” (Proverbs 29:11)
We consider it very Christian to give, and it is; yet there are times, and certian situations, when it is very Christian to keep; as in to keep ones thought to ones self. For it is certain that ” In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin.” (Proverbs 10:19), as it is also certain that if we speak everything that comes to our mind, we will hurt, offend, or criticize someone unnecessarily.
Therefore, as Proverbs 29:11 states “a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” To keep one’s thoughts until after one has considered the necessity, possibility, and effect of sharing them, is indeed a show of wisdom. How less regretful we would be if we would only pause to consider our speech before we launch upon others. How much of what we say is vain babble? How much of what we say has benifited those who have heard? Consider the words of Christ, ” But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” ( Matthew 12:36)
We like to taste our food before we swallow it; why should we not taste our thoughts before we speak them? If we would begin each day in conversation with God, then we would be wiser in our conversation with men.