Have you ever stopped mid-sentence and wished you could take back your words? Unfortunately we must suffer the consequences of our spoken words! If you find yourself walking away from conversations feeling regretful for what came of your mouth, it’s time to start limiting your words. Give advice only when asked, don’t offer information about others not present, and set a limit on your words. In doing this, you are practicing the art of wisdom!
“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” –
“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.” – Proverbs 17:27
When someone has wronged us either in word or deed, it doesn’t take but a few milliseconds to come up with a response. Often, those quick and thoughtless responses can be more damaging than the offending deed! The Bible tells us to use our words sparingly. We can’t undo what has been said or done to offend us, however, we can control how we respond. Using the art of silence can help us from saying things we regret in the heat of the moment.
“There is no law that says that we must comment on everything that is said to us or that we must critique everything that is done to us. If something has been done that disappointed us, it has already been done and there is no undoing it. There is no need for us to summarize our displeasure. This is the time to use the art of silence.” – Jack Hyles