Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, August, 2012

posted Jul 30, 2012, 1:24 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Jul 30, 2012, 1:24 PM ]

Talking Too Much

    We live in an extremely noisy world where silence is more and more becoming a rare commodity. At least some of that seems related to the fact that many people seemingly, as far as I am concerned, are more comfortable with talking than with being quiet. We are told in Proverbs 10:19, according to the New Living Translation, “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut."

     Along that line, I believe Mark Twain is attributed with the quotation, “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are foolish than to open it and remove all doubt."

    In any case let's take a look at some other versions/translations of that biblical verse from Proverbs: “The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words” (The Message by E. Peterson); “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise." - New American Standard Bible (NASB).

    I just spent a few days with our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter who as it turns out seems already to be becoming a bit of a “chatterbox." She definitely is not a shy and retiring child, and one hesitates to stifle her enthusiasm. But I wasn't expecting such jabbering at such an early age.

    One of the problems with too many words is that they tend to get us into trouble. It isn't just what we say, but how we say it, when we say it, or to whom we say it that can cause a world of hurt for ourselves and others. The verse referenced from Proverbs 10:19 reminds us of the need to be circumspect/prudent when it comes to our speech.

     Learning to be careful and considerate of one’s speech and manner of speaking is an area where some serious self-evaluation might be in order for many people. Consider carefully the following: Do you usually spend more time talking or listening? Do your words tend to build up, or tear down? Are you inclined to just plain talk too much?

    Don't underestimate the damage that foolish words or idle chatter can bring into your life. Foolish jesting, super-critical speech, and unwholesome communication of ail kinds brings no glory to God. James 1: 19 is another verse that would make a world of difference in practice:”Let every (person) be quick to listen but slow to use his tongue, and slow to lose his temper”(J.B. Phillips N.T. Translation).

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries