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Who Is A Wise Person - One Who Holds His Tongue

"Who is wise and understanding among you?" (Jas.3:13). "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise" (Prov.10:19).

How often has the proclivity to speak before we thought gotten us into trouble? I don't think that I can even count the times. The Book of Proverbs is filled with advice about speaking too much... "A man of knowledge uses words with restraint... (17:27).... "Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue" (17:28). "A fool utters all his mind..." (29:11) As we continue on with this study about who is a wise person, the things we say certainly have a prominent role. Lets be perfectly candid here... Our words are the way that we communicate our thoughts, so we cannot remain silent. But it is the quality and thoughtfulness of these words that mark the type of person we are, so it makes sense to choose them with care. It is clear that the words we choose to say lets folks around us know what we think. With this in mind it would seem that judicious thought should go into their choice... The Bible lets us know in very precise terms what the choice of good words can prevent... There's not enough space for me to write out all the verses, so its up to you to check them out... The wise man refrains from: cursing. (Ex.20:7), filthy language (Col.3:8), hasty words (Jas.1:19), Deceitful words (Jer.9:8), Falsely flattering words (Prov.26:28), and gossip (Lev.19:16). Slanderous words and gossip are a bane to our society, and especially to our church...There is and old story about a preacher who asked a women to do a strange thing. On a very windy day, he told her to go down the street and release a handful of feathers. When she came back he told her to retrace her steps and gather all the feathers that had been scattered... The woman replied that this would be utterly impossible because the wind had scattered them in all directions. The point was made! The scattered feathers are like words of slander and gossip.... It is impossible to call them back. Let me finish with the words of the apostle Peter; "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech" (1 Pet.3:10). Lets all show our wisdom by carefully choosing our words...

Have a wonderful day.... Let His light shine through each of us.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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