Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
Sometimes saying nothing is saying a lot. Some people talk way too much. They feel like it is better to say something than sit in silence. There is a time to talk and there is a time to remain silent. Job’s friends were thought smart and compassionate until they opened their mouths. There is a saying. “It is better to keep your mouth shut and thought a fool than to open it and prove it.”
We are supposed to be choice with our words. We need to let our words be few, but with the words we do used need to be filled with wisdom and compassion. Our words need to build others up and not tear anyone down. Words that tear others down are foolish words. Words that build up are wise words. As our mothers have always said, if you cannot say something nice, do not say anything at all.
One of the times to say little is when somebody is grieving. We feel like we need to say something to them, but sometimes just say nothing and spending time with them. Out comfort words usually just make things worse.
How about you? How do you use your words? Do they build others up or tear them down? Are you considered wise with your words or a fool? We need to prayerfully consider each word we say.
Dear God, give us wisdom on the words I use. May they be wise and not foolish. Help me to build others up and not tear them down. Help me to keep my mouth shut when appropriate. Help my words be edifying. Amen.