Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put devious speech far from you.
One of the funnier things you’ll read today is the column where the preacher talks about not talking so much.
As one prone in youth to think I had much to say, and then being brought to realize that it was largely ignorance and pride, is a lesson I have not forgotten, but still need to relearn day by day.
Our world feeds on much talk with little substance. To verify this, simply check your texts, media accounts, television listings, or lyrics from the culture’s current favorite musical “artists.”
Oh, and here’s words about words from my favorite teacher, the Words of God:
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. James 1:26
“But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.” Matthew 5:37
Don’t be that one who talks much, yet says little. Rather be known for truthfulness and purity in your speech, when indeed you do have to talk. Be sure you have the Spirit’s leading, for not every thought that pops into our heads is Spirit-inspired. Those who think otherwise are also known for their words, but seldom is this knowledge seen in a positive light.
And you, and your children, will be known for your words, one way or another. The tongue always betrays the heart (Luke 6:45).
That’s all I want to say.