Proverbs 10:19 says, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.”
I recently had a chance to read some old stuff that I had written in high school – papers, and letters mostly. I understand that I have grown and matured (at least some) since then, but one thing jumped out at me as I re-read my words – I sure used lots of ’em! It’s quite telling to see what Brandon as a 16-year old had to say. Three consistent traits appeared in the midst of my wordier ramblings: a judgmental pride, a blaring self-righteousness, and a gossipy tongue. I can see remnants of these in my life today, but by God’s grace He’s been transforming my character.
I think the principle in Proverbs 10:19 challenges me to measure my words carefully, whether in speaking, letter-writing, blogging. Even fleshly traits aside, it’s clear that 10 well-placed words (drawn out of a resevoir of communion with God) will always have more impact that 100 shoot-from-the-hip, unchecked, ungodly words.
A healthy diet of listening to Spirit, digesting the Word, and abiding in Christ is the Immodium AD for diarrhea of the mouth. I want to grow in wisdom, and that very well may begin by restraining my lips.