Words, Words, Words

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 10:19

I’m an introvert.

Like most introverts, I don’t talk a lot. I find more comfort in writing out my thoughts than speaking them.

But, sometimes, introverts need to talk. And when they find someone willing to listen quietly long enough, they can talk just as much as any extrovert.

And often, when that happens, my words are empty and vain, puffs of air that hold no real weight or generate no real thought.

The social media infested age we live in doesn’t help much, either. Somehow, in the course of eight years, we’ve come to believe that everyone we know needs to read what we have to say. So we talk, whether we should or not, whether people say we talk a bit much or not, whether people have time to listen or not.

We don’t ask them questions, we just answer their questions.

We don’t just answer their questions, we beat them into the dirt, mauling the question with more words than necessary.

We talk about us.

We feel great about us.

We feel great about us talking about us.

We walk away from the conversation thinking we probably were used by God to enlighten or instruct or bring encouragement or joy to the other person.

But we didn’t.

We talked over them, or we hedged their thoughts and opinions out with our words. We simply talked about ourselves or other people as if we were the only ones in the room.

And God is never involved in that.

Some, including myself, choose to excuse behavior based on “extrovert” or “introvert” tendencies.

But God never breathes these words in His word. He simply instructs His children to avoid foolishness, which inevitably tumbles from our lips when we heedlessly open them.

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 17:27-28

Let us mind our words and hold our thoughts to the light of Christ, so that, when we open our mouths to speak, they are words worth listening to.

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