“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19Text — Proverbs 10:18-21
Research shows that the average person speaks at least 7,000 words a day, with many speaking much more than that. A talkative is someone who is given to talking too much. The quality of being wordy is also talkativeness. The opposite of talkativeness is quietness.
The Bible counsels that “… ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, …” (1 Thessalonians 4:11) Talkatives do not face their business; they are not busy with purposeful activity and thus spend precious time talking. They do not work with their hands; they are not dutiful.
Our Bible passage shows us that a talkative is very open to sin with his mouth. Lying, exaggeration, jealousy, pride, and other sins creep in when one is given too much talking. The way out of this deadly habit is to make a deliberate effort to be quiet.
Give time to meditate on God’s word. Get involved in productive activity. Allot time for your activities and keep to them. Talk to God instead of talking with men, remember that every idle word will be accounted for on the day of judgment.
Prayer for today
Dear Father, help me to keep my mouth under check so that I only speak at the right time.