Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. (George Eliot)
Have you ever been guilty of having 'too much to say' on a topic? It is like you cannot wait to get your turn to bring up a point. You are chatting at the bit to just get your opinion heard. Too many times we have much to say on a subject not worth saying that much about!
The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words. (Proverbs 10:19)
This won't be a long lesson today, but rather a few points to ponder about the words we choose to speak. Words aren't always the problem - it is frequently the motivation or spirit behind the words that make the greatest impact. You can say one thing, but your attitude speaks something quite different.
Words have an impact - so we must choose them wisely. It isn't just the choice of words it is also the timing of those words. We can have all the right things to say - the point we are about to make is 'right on' and 'truth', but the timing is terrible. The words will have just the opposite impact because the timing was off.
Not everything we say needs to be said - there are just some moments when the things we are thinking are to be kept to ourselves. If we need to talk them over with anyone, it will likely be God, not the people within hearing distance at the moment. The more we lean upon the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts, the more he will guide our words, as well.
Wisdom isn't always lengthy. Sometimes it is to the point, but always spoken in love. We may be a little 'timid' at times when sharing the wisdom God gives us, not so much because it is hard to share, but because we don't always believe we should. We tend to give a 'long lead in' when we are nervous about sharing truth. Truth doesn't require a 'lead in' - it requires obedience. Just sayin!