Proverbs chapter 10, verse 19, says, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” This verse is a clear exercitation to watch our words, including how often we speak or how quickly we speak. When words are many, transgression is not lacking. When we are speaking many words and we’re not thinking about what we’re saying, I mean how often do we do this? We just start talking without really thinking through our words or we react to something in a way that quickly leads to sin or at least leads to speaking in a way that doesn’t build others up.
There’s wisdom that’s found in thinking before we speak.
But verse 19 says, “Whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” There’s wisdom that’s found in thinking before we speak. Because so often we can speak quickly, harshly, rashly, in circumstances where we just need to be silent.
God we pray today that you would help us to watch our words. I think about my family, I think about the people I work with, I think about the people I interact with in just day to day routines of life, I think about all those kind of people and the men and women who are listening to this right now. Oh God in our lives today, help us to be wise with our words, help us to not speak many words in a way that leads to sin, in a way that leads to transgression. Guard us we pray from harsh speaking, from rash speaking, help us to be quick to listen and slow to speak, help us to restrain our lips, help us to make our words today count, help us to make our words count for the building of the people around us, for the spread of the gospel, for the glory of your name, keep us from … well verse 10 talked about the babbling fool that comes to ruin, may that not be the description of our lives today. May our mouths be a fountain of life, may our lips be restrained in a way that honors you and the people around us to whom we are speaking. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.