That’s the gist of Thabiti’s post on “Too Many Words” which begins like this:
“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent” (Prov. 10:19).
“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. … Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear” (Eccl. 5:2-3, 6-7).
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).
“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding” (Prov. 17:27)
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits”(Prov. 18:21).
“How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water” (James 3:5b-12).
The Most Wise God’s best wisdom is “Be quiet.” God speaks often of our need to be quiet. Can there be any doubt that too many of us talk too much? I know I do. So I need this admonishment from the living word of God. And as I survey the blogosphere today, I feel a deep sadness. For I am a man of unclean lips who blogs among a people of unclean lips. Not only unclean but constantly moving.
To be more precise, the lips don’t concern me. The hearts do. For out of the abundance of the heart, our mouths speak.
I think Thabiti is on to something here and he continues on clearly making his case for talking less! Keep reading