at the gym I notice that when it comes to conversation there are two kinds of people. Some seem to be compulsive talkers who will start a conversation with anybody willing to listen. Then there are the quiet people who just keep to themselves after a quick “Good morning.”
It got me thinking about our use of words and conversations. Knowing that the book of Proverbs in the Bible mentions our speech, I went there to see what Solomon had to say on the subject.
It turns out it was plenty. One proverb says: “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Another one says: “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
The clincher is this: “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint.”
What I take from this is that I need to speak thoughtfully, not as a know-it-all or a gossip, but demonstrating God’s lovingkindness.
“I need to speak thoughtfully, not as a know-it-all or a gossip, but demonstrating God’s lovingkindness.”